World Athletics 2011: Ennis leads heptathlon after opening day
By Martin GoughBBC Sport in Daegu, South Korea
ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Venue: Daegu, South Korea
Date: 27 August - 4 September
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online (UK only), daily video highlights on BBC Sport website (UK only); live text commentaries; watch live on Channel 4
Ennis bounces back on action-packed night
Jessica Ennis overcame a slow start to lead the heptathlon after the first day of the World Championships in Daegu.
Defending champion Ennis was disappointed after the hurdles and high jump but hit back to record her second-best ever first-day points haul.
She set a new shot put personal best of 14.67m to regain top spot then clocked 23.28 seconds to win the 200m.
"Normally I lead from the start but I had to work really hard to get that lead," she told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I had to channel the frustration into the next event and thankfully I threw a PB and got some points back.
“That will have sent out a huge message to the other athletes in this final and I'm sure she will sleep well after coming back so well in the second session”
Steve Backley, Olympic javelin silver medallist and 5 Live pundit
"I want to relax, get a good sleep and come back strong."
Ennis, who is bidding to be the first Briton to defend a world title, suffered her first heptathlon 110m hurdles defeat since the 2006 European Championships, although she was second-fastest in 12.94 secs despite hitting several barriers
In the high jump she then took two attempts at 1.80m and 1.83, and a nail-biting three at 1.86 before failing at 1.89. She improved her previous outdoor shot put best by 42cm to climb into the lead and tightened her grip on top spot with a formidable run in the 200m.
Heptathlon standings after four of seven events:
1 J Ennis (GB) 4078pts
2 T Chernova (Rus) 3927
3 H Fountain (US) 3887
4 N Dobrynska (Ukr) 3868
5 K Tyminska (Pol) 3843
Ennis leads by 151 points from Russia's Tatyana Chernova, who took Olympic bronze three years ago, with US star Hyleas Fountain third overall, 191 points behind Ennis, with Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska fourth, 19 further back.
Great Britain's Commonwealth champion Louise Hazel stood 16th after personal bests of 13.24s in the hurdles and 1.74m in the high jump followed by 12.36m in shot and 24.25 in the 200m.
Tuesday's second day begins with the long jump and javelin, followed by the 800m in the evening session.
“If you found it tense watching on TV as Jessica Ennis fought through the first day of her World heptathlon defence, it was nothing compared to the tortures being experienced inside the ropes”
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.