Jessica bags top honours

Athletics: World Indoor Championship
Last Updated 13 March 2010, 17:39 IST

Only world record holder Irina Belova of Russia and Sweden's Carolina Kluft have posted better scores than the 24-year-old Ennis. She topped Kluft's championship record by four points.

Ennis had victories in the 60 metres hurdles and high jump, a season's best in the shot put and personal bests in the long jump and the concluding 800 metres.
Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine was second with 4,851 points and Russia's Tatyana Chernova third at 4,762.

European champion Dwain Chambers gave Britain another chance for gold when he posted the fastest 60 metres semifinal time, clocking 6.51 seconds.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar claimed her fourth successive women's 3,000 metres title, sprinting home in 8:51.17 to edge Kenyan 5,000 metres world champion Vivian Cheruiyot.

United States swept the top two places in the men's heptathlon and won the shot put.  Olympic decathlon gold medallist Bryan Clay scored 6,204 points to edge world champion Trey Hardee, who had 6,184. Russia's Aleksey Drozdov was third with 6,141.
Holder Christian Cantwell took the shot put with a last-throw toss of 21.83 metres to overtake Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus. Mikhnevich threw 21.68.

Ennis began her day with a super quick 60M hurdles of 8.04 seconds to open a 36-point cushion over American Hyleas Fountain and boosted it to 75 points by clearing 1.90 metres in the high jump. Dobrynska slowed the charge with a shot put of 16.43 metres to overtake Fountain for second place but Ennis held on to the top spot with a season's best of 14.01. The Briton then set a lifetime best of 6.44 metres for third in the long jump to stretch her advantage over Dobrynska to 53 points.

She led the first two laps of the 800 before settling for second in 2:12.55.
On Friday, Chinese world indoor hurdles champion Liu Xiang ruled out the prospect of winning a medal after a cautious return to global competition.His third-place finish in a 60 metres hurdles heat put him in Sunday's semifinal but the former world outdoor record holder cast doubt on his ability to make the podium.

Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva also had some anxious moments, needing her third and final attempt at 4.55 metres to qualify. Australian Olympic and world champion Steve Hooker turned his first indoor pole vault of the year into an easy qualifier, joining eight others in Saturday's final by clearing 5.60 on his only attempt.

(Published 13 March 2010, 17:39 IST)

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