Ennis sets new heptathlon goal
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis wants to become only the fourth woman ever to break the 7,000-point mark for the heptathlon.
The Sheffield athlete set a new British record of 6,955 points as she won gold in London this summer, and now has her sights set on one of sport’s iconic landmarks.
American Jackie Joyner-Kersee holds the world record with 7,291, with Carolina Kluft of Sweden (7,032) and Russian Larisa Turchinskaya (7,007) the only other competitors ever to break 7,000.
Ennis’ current best ranks her fifth on the all-time list, also behind German Sabine Braun (6,985), and she believes she has more in the tank as she prepares for next year’s World Championships in Moscow.
“Your motivation levels are very different (after the Olympics),” she told Sky Sports News. “It’s just getting back into it and looking forward to the next championship.
“The World Championships are going to be the main focus for next year, preparing and being where I need to be.
“I’m still 26, I’ve got time to achieve a bit more, and it’s about re-setting your goals.
“Now the Olympic thing has been achieved, that’s a great position to be in, but now I have to look forward to trying to get my title back at the Worlds next year and looking forward to 7,000 points, just setting yourself new goals.”