How Jessica Ennis has prepared for the London Olympics since 2010

Jessica Ennis has emerged over recent years as one of Great Britain's most talented athletes, and one of the best hopes for a medal at the London Olympics of 2012.

The Sheffielder has had an enormous amount of pressure heaped upon her as excitement about the Games begins to build, and her preparation for her multi-disciplinary event, one of the most demanding on the track and field schedule, has been increasing in intensity for the London Olympics since 2010.

Beating Lolo Jones

As London drew nearer at the beginning of 2010, Ennis won a pentathlon indoor gold medal at the World Indoor championships in Doha. She had also been in fine form at the beginning of the year on the track indoors, beating world indoor champion Lolo Jones over 60m hurdles in Glasgow.Jones, a specialist sprinter, was amazed that Ennis had beaten her.

Ennis had missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a foot injury which had been sustained at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis. She returned to this event in 2010 and won the heptathlon, a victory which she claimed allowed her to exorcise some of the mental demons associated with the injury.

European Gold Medal 2010

The real highlight of 2010 for Ennis occurred in the summer at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, where she took the gold medal in the heptathlon.She beat Nataliya Dobrynska into second place and clinched the medal with a superbly gutsy display in the concluding event, the 800m.

Ennis took the decision not to compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, in order to lessen the effects of fatigue in a crowded season. She did win Athlete of the month three times in the early part of the year though.

Since 2010, Ennis has frequently stated that her main focus has been winning in London, but that does not mean that she has not competed frequently in order to maintain intensity and focus.

In the early part of 2011, the heptathlete competed in a number of single discipline indoor events, and set a personal best for indoors in the shot put.

Great Britain Captain

Another highlight of the early part of 2011 was captaining the Great Britain team for an indoor international event in Glasgow in March.

Her most recent outing as a heptathlete was at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where she managed to shake off the effects of an injury to the plantaris muscle which had kept her out of the Euorpean Indoor Championships.

Here, Ennis picked up silver, coming second to Tatyana Chernova, largely as the result of a poor performance in the javelin. Ennis herself was sanguine about the defeat, commenting at the time: "I don't want to analyse it too much. I think it was just one of those days where it just didn't come together."

What is certain is that Ennis will use that experience, and it would be a foolish punter who bet against her gaining some revenge for that defeat.

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