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Jessica Ennis upsets Lolo Jones to set British record

Jessica Ennis (left) in the 60m hurdles in Glasgow

Ennis beats Jones in British 60m hurdles record (UK users only)

Britain's Jessica Ennis got her season off to a sensational start with a 60m hurdles victory over American world champion Lolo Jones in Glasgow.

The world heptathlon champion powered through at the end to claim a British record time of 7.95 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Jones.

"To start this way has given me a lot of confidence," Ennis told BBC Sport.

Ennis captained Britain to victory against Germany, Sweden, the United States and a Commonwealth Select side.

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The 24-year-old from Sheffield has started the year in impressive form, posting a 60m hurdles lifetime best of 8.12 seconds in Loughborough on 9 January, but took a large chunk out of that time with a polished performance at Kelvin Hall.

"She had an excellent race, she really turned it over at the end," admitted Jones.

Ennis has already posted personal bests over 60m, long jump and shot put this season and added high jump to that list by clearing 1.94m at her third attempt.

But her attempts to claim a second British record and event victory of the afternoon by topping Debbie Marti's 13-year-old mark of 1.95m failed.

"I love coming to these events but I never expect to win as they are individual's events," Ennis added.

Leon Baptiste (right) beating Shawn Crawford

Baptiste takes Crawford scalp in 200m

"I wanted to go to functions and enjoy things after the worlds, but I still had my mind focused on this year and making sure that I got the work done so that I could perform year upon year and not be just a one-hit wonder."

Ennis ended the afternoon on top of the podium as sprinter Craig Pickering secured the British team's victory over the USA, Germany, Sweden and a Commonwealth select team with a win in the 60m.

The Olympic quarter-finalist dipped ahead of the USA's Mark Jelks to take the race for a fourth successive year.

In the 200m Leon Baptiste claimed another impressive scalp for Britain as his great start took him past former Olympic champion Shawn Crawford before holding off Germany's Robert Hering for victory.

Jenny Meadows, who took bronze in Berlin last year, came home a clear two seconds head of the rest of the field in a comfortable win in the 800m.

Helen Clitheroe then claimed victory in the women's 3000m as a well-judged kick took her past Germany's Sabrina Mockenhaupt.

In the field events, Chris Tomlinson claimed Britain's only win with 7.99m proving enough to push Sweden's Michel Torneus into second in the long jump.

Craig Pickering

Pickering wins 60m to secure GB victory

Nathan Douglas, who will be hoping to go one better than the silver he won in 2006 at the European Championships in Barcelona later this year, finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 16.68m.

There was disappointment for world silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey in 1500m as Heidi Dahl stole ahead to take first place and leave the outcome of the team event hanging on the final race.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee was delighted with the efforts of Ennis, as well as other Britons on show.

"She was outstanding," the Dutchman said of Ennis. "Obviously if you have to pick one performance here then it has to be Jessica, especially in the hurdles.

"Winning and beating the world (indoor) champion, as a heptathlete, is extraordinary. But not only Jessica. There were a few others who gave some reason to be happy for the future."

World champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi suffered a shock defeat in the 800m as Germany's Robin Schembera produced an electric burst that the South African could find no response to.

Jessica Ennis in action in the high jump in Glasgow

Scintillating Ennis stars in high jump



see also
Ennis to miss Commonwealth Games
01 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Ennis will captain GB in Glasgow
26 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Holl named Scots' athletics chief
19 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Ethiopian duo raise the bar
07 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Medals, money or both?
12 Jun 09 |  Athletics
When is a record not a record?
19 Feb 09 |  Athletics


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