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Jessica Ennis leads after European heptathlon day one

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
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Jessica Ennis

Ennis leads after day one

Jessica Ennis takes a 110-point lead into the second day of the European Championships heptathlon after winning three of the first four events.

The 24-year-old Briton was the quickest over the hurdles in 12.95 seconds and the only athlete to clear 1.89m in the high jump before a 14.05m shot put.

She finished the day with a 23.21secs victory in her 200m heat to finish day one with a tally of 4080 points.

Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska is second, German Jennifer Oeser third.

"I am really pleased with that," said Ennis after her 200m victory. "It is a good time, a little bit quicker than I ran in Berlin [when she won the World Championships] last year.

"I put myself under a little bit of pressure in the shot put [after opening efforts of 13.49m and 13.11] but I was really pleased to get 14m put there in the last round.

"I came here knowing it wasn't going to be easy. They are pushing me, especially Dobrynska, so it is going to be a fight to the end."

The world champion will complete the heptathlon on Saturday with the long jump (1015 BST), Javelin (1515 BST) and 800m (1945 BST).

Jessica Ennis

Ennis impresses in 100m hurdles

"I just want to get a solid long jump in, do myself justice and take it from there," she added.

The Sheffield all-rounder was unfazed by two athletes false-starting in her hurdles heat to win comfortably in 12.95, 0.10 seconds down on her season's best but 0.42 secs quicker than Oeser, the next fastest with 13.37.

In the high jump, Ennis cleared 1.80m, 1.83, 1.86 and 1.89 all at the first attempt, but failed with three attempts at 1.92. Dobrynska was one of four rivals to clear 1.86.

Britain's Jessica Ennis

Ennis beats rivals in high jump

"It was nice to have some first-time clearances," Ennis said. "I would have liked to have jumped into the 1.90s but 1.89 is good. I am pleased."

Dobrynska made ground on the Briton with a shot put of 15.88m but it was not quite enough to put the Ukrainian into the overall lead.

606: DEBATE

Ennis, whose participation in Spain was in doubt last month because of a virus, retained an 11-point advantage after her final effort of 14.05 and extended it by another 99 points after a commanding 200m.

Lisa Dobriskey qualified comfortably for the women's 1500m final on Sunday.

The World silver medallist finished second in 4:06:00 in a slightly slower second semi-final, which allowed fellow Britons Steph Twell (4:05:63) and Hannah England (4:06:03) to qualify as fastest losers from the first semi.

Despite a season's best 23.21secs in the opening semi-final of the 200m,Emily Freeman finished fifth and missed out on a final spot.

"I'm going to get straight into rehab and get into better shape for 2011 and obviously for 2012, which is the ultimate aim," she said.

Chris Tomlinson made no mistake as he qualified impressively for the men's long jump final on Sunday.

After an opening effort of 7.98m, Tomlinson sailed past the 8m automatic qualifying mark with his second jump of 8.20m, just 9cm short of his British record.

Carl Myerscough managed a third throw of 19.81m to progress to Saturday's final of the men's shot put.

"It wasn't going great but I had to get it together," said Myerscough.

"I've made the final and I'm happy with that. Hopefully I can throw further, I'm feeling pretty good.

"It will take over 20m to get six throws on Saturday so that's what I want to do."

But there was bitter disappointment for William Sharman, who was disqualified for a false start in his 110m hurdles semi-final.

The 25-year-old, considered a potential medallist, burst out of the blocks before the restand was left to rue his error.

Sharman said: "It was like a nightmare. Ultimately it's a lack of discipline, but I felt like it was a very long hold.

"I was looking forward to running in the final, I felt as though the athlete to the left of me reacted and I went off him. It's immensely frustrating."

Friday's results in full from European Athletics

Latest medal table



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