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Jessica Ennis
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Jessica Ennis at the 2009 World Championships.
Personal information
Date of birth 28 January 1986 (1986-01-28) (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Sheffield, Great Britain[1]
Height 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 57 kilograms (130 lb)[1]
Country Great Britain
Club City of Sheffield Athletic Club
Turned pro 2005
Achievements and titles
Worlds 2007 — 4th
2009 — 1st
Highest world ranking Heptathlon: 1 (2009)
Personal best(s) Heptathlon 6731 points[1] Pentathlon 4937 points[1]
Updated on 16 August 2009.
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for the  United Kingdom
World Championships
Gold 2009 Berlin Heptathlon
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2010 Doha Pentathlon
Summer Universiade
Bronze 2005 Izmir Heptathlon
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 2006 Melbourne Heptathlon

Jessica Ennis (born 28 January 1986 in Sheffield) is a British athlete. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current world pentathlon[2] and heptathlon champion.[2]



One of two daughters born to Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell,[3] Ennis has a younger sister called Carmel.[3] Her father, originally from Jamaica,[4] is a self-employed painter and decorator;[3] her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire.[5] Neither of her parents was particularly sporty, but her father did some sprinting at school whilst her mother favoured the high jump.[4] They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a 'Start:Track' event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays.[6] She took to the sport immediately and joined the City of Sheffield Athletic Club the following year, aged 11.[7] Growing up in the Highfield area of Sheffield,[8] Ennis attended King Ecgbert School in Dore, where she sat her GCSEs and stayed on in the sixth form to gain three A-Levels[3], before going on to study Psychology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2007 with a 2:2.[3]

Ennis lives in Sheffield[9] with long-term boyfriend Andy Hill[10] — a construction-site manager[8] — and their chocolate Labrador Myla.[11]

Athletics career

Junior competitions

Ennis competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships and the 2004 World Junior Championships but it was her winning performance at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships that brought her to the fore. Her first senior championships was the 2005 Universiade, where she won the bronze medal.


During the 2006 Commonwealth Games she added more than 350 points to her personal best, scoring a total of 6,269 to win the heptathlon bronze medal. The personal best of 1.91 metres that she cleared in the heptathlon high jump would have been enough to take the individual-event gold medal.

In the 2006 European Championships, Ennis was in the bronze-medal spot after the first day of competition, but performances in subsequent events were not sufficient to maintain that position. She dropped down to eighth place, just three points behind the leading British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton. Notably she produced impressive performances in several disciplines — achieving personal bests in the shot put and the 200 metres; with season's bests in the long jump and javelin. Her overall total of 6,287 points was a new personal best.


Ennis hoped to do well at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, as they were to be held on home soil, in Birmingham. She scored 8.22 seconds, to drop into second behind Carolina Klüft, in the hurdles. She then jumped 1.91 metres (the highest jump of the competition), to take the lead. A 13.28 metre effort in the shot put saw Ennis drop from first to fifth, with Kelly Sotherton taking the lead. A season's best of 6.19 metres in the long jump, and a personal best of 2:17.03 in the 800 metres, allowed Ennis to finish sixth. Her final score of 4,716 was a personal best by more than 300 points.

In the 2007 season, Ennis was ranked fourth in the world for heptathlon, behind Carolina Klüft, Lyudmyla Blonska and compatriot Kelly Sotherton. She was also in the top 40 for high jump and 100 metre hurdles. She automatically qualified for the heptathlon at the World Championships in Osaka. During the Championships, she was the fastest out of all competitors in the three track events, setting a personal best of 12.97 seconds in the 100 metre hurdles. Overall, she finished fourth.

At the British National Championships, and World Trials, Ennis won the 100 metre hurdles beating specialists, such as defending champion Sarah Claxton, as well as rival Kelly Sotherton. Later, Ennis won the high jump, again beating the specialists and Sotherton, who finished a close second.

Ennis also went on to finish second overall in the World Combined Events Challenge this season, behind the Osaka silver-medallist, Lyudmyla Blonska but ahead of the legendary Carolina Klüft.[12]

In September, Ennis won the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award.[13]


On 2 June 2008 it was announced by UK Athletics that a scan had revealed Ennis was suffering from a stress fracture in her ankle and would not be able to compete in the forthcoming Olympic games in Beijing.[14]


Ennis returned to competitive athletics after a twelve-month lay-off due to injury. She accomplished a new personal best at the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Desenzano del Garda, winning the competition with a total of 6,587 points, which also included an 800 metres best and a combined events javelin best.[15] Ennis was pleased with the strong comeback, which broke Liliana Năstase's 16-year-old meet record in the heptathlon.[16]

She won the high jump and 100 metre hurdles at the national championships in July, with 1.91 metres and 12.87 seconds respectively. Ennis was the only British athlete to go into the 2009 World Championships as the number one in the world that year.[17] She became World Champion for Heptathlon for the first time on 16 August, with a personal best points total of 6,731.[1][2]

In December 2009, Ennis won the prestigeous "Sportswoman of the Year" award from the (British) Sports Journalists' Association. Ennis came third in the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Competition Record

SJA Award

2007 World Championships

Event Result Position Points Overall Notes
100 metre hurdles 12.97 secs 1st 1,129 1st (1,129) Beat Carolina Klüft (2nd, PB) and Kelly Sotherton (3rd, PB) in her heat
High jump 1.89 m 3rd 1,093 2nd (2,222) Carolina Klüft won with a jump of 1.95 m (PB)
Shot put 11.93 m 34th 656 4th (2,878) Dropped from 2nd to 4th in overall points standings
200 metres 23.15 secs 1st 1,064 4th (3,942) Beat Klüft (2nd, SB) and Sotherton (3rd, PB) in her heat
Long jump 6.33 m 9th 953 4th (4,895)
Javelin 38.07 m 26th 630 5th (5,525)
800 metres 2:11.39 1st 944 4th (6,469) Beat Kelly Sotherton (2nd) in her heat
Heptathlon 6,469 4th

2009 World Championships

Event Result Position Points Overall Notes
100 metre hurdles 12.93 secs 1st 1,135 1st (1,135) Led by 76 points after opening event
High jump 1.92 m 1st 1,132 1st (2,267) Extended lead to 181 points
Shot put 14.14 m 5th 803 1st (3,070) Despite a personal best, her lead was reduced to 148 points
200 metres 23.25 secs 1st 1,054 1st (4,124) 3rd highest points scorer ever after first day of a heptathlon. Led by 307 points.
Long jump 6.29 m 9th 940 1st (5,064) Lead was reduced to 269 points after the fifth event.
Javelin 43.54 m 10th 735 1st (5,799) Lead was reduced to 171 points after penultimate event
800 metres 2:12.22 1st 932 1st (6,731) Increased lead by 67 points to 238 by winning the final heat.
Heptathlon 6,731 1st New World Champion. Beat Jennifer Oeser by 238 points.

2010 World Indoor Championships

Event Result Position Points Overall Notes
60 metre hurdles 8.04 secs 1st 1,120 1st (1,120)
High jump 1.90 m 1st 1,106 1st (2,226)
Shot put 14.01 m 5th 795 1st (3,021) Personal Best
Long jump 6.44 m 3th 988 1st (4,009) Personal Best
800 metres 2:12.55 2nd 928 1st (4,937) Personal Best
Pentathlon 4,937 1st New World Indoor Champion, new Championship Record

Personal bests

By clearing 1.95 metres in the high jump, Ennis achieved a foot (30cm) above her own height which only ten women have ever managed, [18] it also meant that she became the joint British women's high jump record holder.[19]

Her personal best of 12.81 seconds[1] in the 100 metre hurdles puts her in joint second place — alongside Sarah Claxton — on the British all-time list, with only Angie Thorp having achieved a better time in the event of 12.80 seconds.

Ennis is currently second on the British all-time list for the Heptathlon, behind Olympic gold-medallist Denise Lewis. However, if Ennis managed to equal all of her personal bests in one heptathlon competition, she would achieve a total of 6,934 points. Lewis' current record is 6,831 points.

Outdoor Personal Bests

Event Record Venue Date Notes
100 meters 11.68 secs[20] Manchester, England 20 June 2009
100 metre hurdles 12.81 secs[1] Bottrop, Germany 26 June 2009
High Jump 1.95 m[1] Desenzano del Garda, Italy 5 May 2007 British record, jointly held with Diana Davies and Susan Moncrieff.[19]
Shot put 14.14 m[1] Berlin, Germany 15 August 2009
200 metres 23.15 secs[1] Osaka, Japan 25 August 2007
Long jump 6.43 m[1] Loughborough, England 29 July 2009
Javelin 46.47 m[1] Manchester, England 21 June 2009
800 metres 2:09.88[1] Desenzano del Garda, Italy 10 May 2009
Heptathlon 6,731 pts[1] Berlin, Germany 16 August 2009

Indoor Personal Bests

Event Record Venue Date Notes
60 metres 7.36 secs[1] Sheffield, England 16 January 2010
60 metre hurdles 7.95 secs[1] Glasgow, Scotland 30 January 2010 British record.
High Jump 1.94 m[1] Glasgow, Scotland 30 January 2010 Joint 2nd highest ever by a British High jumper indoors.[21]
Shot put 14.01 m[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 World Championships.[22]
Long Jump 6.44 m[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 World Championships.[23]
800 metres 2:12.55[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010
Pentathlon 4,937 pts[1] Doha, Qatar 13 March 2010 World Championship Record, British Record

References and notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Biographies: Ennis, Jessica GBR" (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  2. ^ a b c "Jessica Ennis wins pentathlon at World Indoors in Doha", 13 March 2010
  3. ^ a b c d e Davison, Jo; "Jessica Ennis: golden girl with the world at her feet", 17 October 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  4. ^ a b Viner, Brian; "Jessica Ennis: 'Tadpole' heads towards Beijing in giant leaps and bounds", 8 February 2008 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  5. ^ Fordyce, Tom; "Steely Ennis has golden glow", 16 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  6. ^ Davies, Gareth A; "My School Sport: Heptathlete Jessica Ennis", 26 December 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  7. ^ "Parents' pride over Ennis victory", 17 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  8. ^ a b Machell, Ben; "Reach for the sky", 25 August 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  9. ^ Brown, David; O'Connor, Ashling; "Jessica Ennis looks forward to a golden future as the 'face of 2012'", 18 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  10. ^ Thornton, Lucy; Whittingham, Stewart; "How heptathlon golden girl Jessica Ennis caught athletics bug", 18 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  11. ^ Kessel, Anna; "Jessica Ennis out to strike gold in World Championships after year in doghouse", 14 August 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  12. ^ "Sebrle and Blonska wrap up 2007 World Combined Events Challenge titles", 25 September 2007, (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  13. ^ "Jessica Ennis (GBR) wins the Waterford Crystal European Athletics Female Rising Star Award", 26 September 2007 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  14. ^ "Ennis out of Beijing", 2 June 2008 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  15. ^ "Personal best secures Ennis win", (Sport), 10 May 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  16. ^ Sampaolo, Diego; "Ennis improves to 6,587 pts in Desenzano del Garda — IAAF Combined Events Challenge", 10 May 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  17. ^ Turnbull, Simon; "Ennis shines brightest for Berlin", 13 July 2009 (Retrieved: 21 August 2009)
  18. ^ "Best female jumpers compared to their own height" (Retrieved: 22 August 2009)
  19. ^ a b "Ennis equals GB high jump record" (Sport), 5 May 2007 (Retrieved: 27 August 2009)
  20. ^ "Athlete profile Jessica Ennis" (Retrieved 4 February 2010)
  21. ^ "British All-time list women's indoor High Jump" (Retrieved 4 February 2010)
  22. ^ "Result of Shot Putt event in the Pentathlon at Doha 2010" (Retrieved 13 March 2010)
  23. ^ "Result of Long Jump event in the Pentathlon at Doha 2010" (Retrieved 13 March 2010)

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