Latest News Round Up
Every week we scour the internet for the latest news and views from the world of athletics. Containing key updates about Jessica's progress to London 2012 we hope you'll enjoy our latest news round up.
Olympic heptathlon champion Jess Ennis talks Channel 4 News through her seven steps to gold, from the high of the hurdles to the nerves of the 800m and the fear her shoe might fall off.
Watch the interview below:
Jessica Ennis says she will not run in the 100m hurdles following her Olympic triumph in the heptathlon.
The 26-year-old from Sheffield considered competing in the event, which starts on Monday, after running a personal best time of 12.54 seconds in the first discipline of the heptathlon.
"I did think about it, especially when I ran a personal best," she said.
"But for me it was just about the heptathlon. I'm more than happy with that and I just need to rest now."
Jessica Ennis was crowned Olympic heptathlon champion in front of an adoring home crowd, as a new British record carried her to gold.
In one of the iconic moments of the London Games, the woman long anointed as the face of the Games fulfilled her destiny with a series of brilliant personal bests that left her rivals helpless.
Ennis knew she was almost certain of the title going into Saturday evening's final event, and she delivered with two minutes 8.65secs in the 800m.
The 26-year-old's total of 6,955 points was a huge 306 points ahead of Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf in silver and 327 clear of world champion Tatyana Chernova in bronze.
"I honestly can't believe it after all the hard work and after the disappointment in Beijing 2008," said Ennis.
We have seen an amazing performance from Jess today. Here is how the scores are levelling up - with Jess in the lead by 188 points!
The Independent - Jessica Ennis does Team GB proud as she nears gold
The Sheffield Star - Sheffield superstar holds pretty at top of leader board after five events
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE
Athletes in the heptathlon must achieve an Olympic qualifying score and must qualify for their nation’s Olympic team. A maximum of three competitors per country may compete in the heptathlon. Points are awarded to each athlete according to her time or distance, not her placement in the field, according to pre-set formulas.
If there is a tie in points after seven events, the victory goes to the competitor who out-scored her rival in more events. If that tiebreaker results in a draw (3-3 with one tie, for example), the victory goes to the heptathlete who scored the most points in any single event.
The medals in London are a thing of beauty too. Design Week wrote about them: These is the slightly concave background – ‘a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre’ according to Locog, a grid of lines to symbolise drawing together and outreach, and the River Thames, a symbol of London and interestingly a ‘fluttering baroque ribbon’ says Locog.
The embossed logo meanwhile is ‘a tough crystalline growth’ or ‘an architectural expression’ Locog says.