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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 February 2007, 22:13 GMT
Ennis outdoes Sotherton at trials
Jessica Ennis
Ennis cleared an impressive 1.87m to win the high jump
British heptathlete Jessica Ennis outshone rival Kelly Sotherton at the European Indoor Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield.

The Commonwealth bronze medallist won the high jump with 1.87m and was third in the 60m hurdles with a personal best of 8.18 seconds ahead of Sotherton.

But Sotherton did beat Ennis in the shot put, throwing a personal best 14.42m to finish seventh.

Both have already qualified for next month's European Indoor Championships.

"I'm sure when it comes to the European Indoors I will get it right and be up there in the 1.90s," said 21-year-old Ennis after her high jump win.

"A 'pb' in the hurdles - I can't complain with that - and then winning the high jump is great."

I don't go to championships just to make up the team

Ashia Hansen

Former European and Commonwealth champion Ashia Hansen won the triple jump in her indoor competition since 2004.

The 35-year-old former world indoor record holder produced a consistent series of jumps, with 13.68m her best mark.

However, that is well short of the qualification standard of 14.10m for the European Indoors and Hansen said she would not compete in Birmingham if she could not do herself justice.

"I don't go to championships just to make up the team," said Hansen, whose career has been plagued by injury.

"I'm going to go to make the final and do well in the final. That is my goal, that is my aim. I'm not just there to make the team."

Commonwealth 1,500m champion Lisa Dobriskey defended her 3,000m title in an exciting duel with Helen Clitheroe with both athletes well within the qualification time.

Rikki Fifton claimed the 200m title in a personal best of 21.06 as Kadi Ann Thomas, who won the women's event in a personal best time of 23.68secs.

American Garrett Johnson won the shot putt with a throw of 18.98 while Bernard Yeboahwon the long jump with a personal best of 7.50m.

Steve Lewis won the pole vault with a stadium-record clearance of 5.50m but it was still short of the qualification mark.

  • Olympic and world champion Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own indoor record in the women's "pole vault stars" event.

    The 24-year-old Russian cleared 4.93m to set her 20th world record.

  • BBC Two will be showing coverage of the European Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield on Sunday 11 February from 1300-1510.



    SEE ALSO
    Sotherton claims heptathlon gold
    22 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
    Sotherton & Ennis given GB spots
    16 Jan 07 |  Athletics


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