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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Ennis wins Olympic heptathlon gold

6th August 2012


The face of the London 2012 Olympics has succeeded in her bid to become a gold medal winner.

Jessica Ennis faced pressure going into the Games but over two days she led the heptathlon event and was well placed going into the final 800m race.

The Sheffield-born athlete opened her Olympic challenge with a personal best in the 100m hurdles, maintained her form in the high jump and the long jump before setting another lifetime record in the javelin.

Heading into the final event, Ennis knew the gold was hers as long as she did not allow Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf to finish more than 20 seconds ahead of her. Crossing the line first, Ennis managed another personal best of two minutes 8.65 seconds to bring her final total to a British record breaking 6,995 points.

"I am just so happy. I want to thank everyone who has supported me, they have been amazing. I am so thankful that everyone has helped me all this way. I just had to give it everything at the end. I just wanted to make sure I gave them something and brought it all home," Ennis told BBC News.

She added: "I told myself at the start that I'm only going to have one moment to do this in front of a crowd in London and I just wanted to give them a good show."

There was further success for British athletes in the Olympic Stadium with Mo Farah winning Gold in the 10,000 metres and Greg Rutherford winning the long-jump competition with an 8.31 metre jump.

Organisers of London 2012 confirmed that a total of 719,000 people attended Games events on Saturday, with many travelling from central London hotels to the key venues to enjoy the sporting action live.


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