The British track and field athlete Jessica Ennis has won gold in the 2012 Olympic heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium in London. The 26-year-old athlete was lucky enough to make the amazing victory in front of an excited home crowd. She walked to the top position of the Olympic heptathlon with a set of great personal bests. Indeed, her startling performance with three top positions really left her competitors helpless in the 2012 Olympics Games. Ennis finished first in items like 100 meter hurdles, 200 meters and 800 meters and second in long jump to earn 6,955 points overall.
On her way to success, Ennis sidelined Germany’s Lilli Schwarzkopf, who amassed 6649 points, which is short of a huge 306 points to the first position. Ennis had a 327-point edge over the bronze winner Tatyana Chernova, who scored 6628 points with first place in long jump. The world champion from Russia, thanks to her strong second-day performance, was initially announced as the silver medal winner and Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Yosypenko was in the third place. But, the result had a change after a protest and Schwarzkopf was endorsed to the second position and Yosypenko was demoted to the fourth.
Jessica Ennis’ Performance
In taking home the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, Jessica outdid Eunice Barber’s World Heptathlon Best in the 100 meters hurdles as she finished it in .08 of a second. But, Ennis was outperformed by the 2004 silver medalist Austra Skujytė in the high jump by 6 cm. In 200 meters, Ennis come back with Dafne Schippers at 22s 83. It was a personal best for both the athletes. When the first day of the event ended, the British athlete was leading with 175 points.
When it came to the second day, Ennis started with some struggle in long jump. However, she managed to rest at the second place with a performance of 6.48 meter. Chernova was the topper with 6.54 meter. In javelin, Sofia Ifadidou of Greece achieved the first place with a new Olympic best of 56.96 meters, whereas Ennis could only throw the javelin up to a distance of 47.49 meters for the tenth position.
On Saturday, in 800 meters, the final event of the 2012 Olympics’ women heptathlon, Ennis finished first with almost a 200 point lead over Skujytė. With an ultimate goal to win heptathlon, she covered the distance in two minutes, 08.65 seconds to tally 984 points to her overall score. Starting slowly in the home stretch, the British athlete competed fiercely to steal the first place from belligerent Schwarzkopf and Chernova. At the end of the day, overall point of the athlete was 6955, which is a British and Commonwealth record.
“I honestly can’t believe it after all the hard work and after the disappointment in Beijing 2008,” Ennis said after making the historic win at the London Summer Olympics 2012. “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,” the excited athlete said.