Jessica Ennis Olympic Heptathlon Champion
Jessica Ennis • Sport: Track and field athletics • Nationality: British • Date of Birth: 28th January 1986
Jessica Ennis is the current Olympic heptathlon champion. • She is also the former European and world heptathlon champion and indoor pentathlon champion. • Jessica is the British high jump and 100m hurdle record holder.
Jessica Ennis • Jessica was born in Sheffield, England on 28th January 1986. • Jessica’s mother was born in England and her father in Jamaica. She has a younger sister, Carmel. • Jessica still lives in Sheffield with her fiance, Andy and her chocolate Labrador Myla.
Starting out “I think my mum and dad wanted me out of the house!” • Jessica first became involved in athletics at ten years old when her parents sent her to a ‘Start: Track’ event during the summer holidays of 1996. • At this event Jessica won her first athletics prize – a pair of runners – and met her future coach Toni Minichiello. • Jessica says:
Summer Olympics 2012 • Jessica competed in the heptathlon in the London Summer Olympics. • Jessica ranked first in six of the heptathlon events (100m hurdles, high jump, 200m, long jump, javelin and 800m), and came second in the shot put. • She won the gold medal with a personal best career points total and a British national record.
Personal Bests • 100m hurdles – 12.54 seconds • High jump – 1.95 metres • Shot put – 14.67 metres • 200 metres – 22.83 seconds • Long jump – 6.51 metres • Javelin – 47.49 metres • 800 metres – 2: 7.81
Heptathlon • The heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events. • The name derives from the Greek hepta (seven) and athlon (contest). • The women’s heptathlon is held over two days. The 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m are contested on the first day and the long jump, javelin and 800m on the second. • The women’s heptathlon is held outdoors and was first introduced to the Olympics in 1984.
Jessica said: I'm totally different when it comes to sport. It's just something that seems to be within me. . . . You have to be totally up for it and motivated otherwise you just wouldn't win. "I've always known what I wanted. I've always wanted to be on top of that podium." I'm proud of the way I've dealt with setbacks. It's hard when you feel down and you think, 'Why is the world doing this to me?' But you have to pick yourself up again. That's what makes you a better athlete.
Jessica Ennis Quiz • Where was Jessica born? • How old was Jessica when she first became involved in athletics? • What are the seven events in the heptathlon? • Which three events take place on the second day of the heptathlon? • Which events does Jessica hold the British record in? • What is Jessica’s dog’s name?