18 August 2006

Psychology student on track to success

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, a psychology student at the University of Sheffield, achieved a personal best performance during the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg last week – her first appearance in a major competition. Only a year after winning the European junior title, Jessica is making a seamless transition into the senior ranks.

And the 20-year-old, who finished eighth overall in the competition, has been tipped by former world-record-holder turned television presenter Colin Jackson, as the Brit most likely to gain gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He said: "I watched her pick up a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and I believe she´s got all the assets to go right to the top."

Jessica is delighted with the way her career is going. Her performance in Gothenburg has boosted her confidence and she has her sights set on Olympic glory, by which time she hopes to have reached her peak. She told the BBC in Gothenburg: "I wanted to come here and score a personal best and finish in the top eight and I did and that´s great. It´s just been a brilliant two days and I´ve really enjoyed it. I hope there´s plenty more to come from me."

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