London 2012 Olympics: Ennis concludes first day with 200m PB

Jessica Ennis regains overall heptathlon lead with 22.83 200m PB for a 184 point lead overnight

Jessica Ennis (Mark Shearman)

Jessica Ennis was momentarily usurped in the overall rankings by Austra Skujyte after the shot put but the gold medal favourite responded with a superb PB in the 200m and she takes a commanding lead into the second day of the heptathlon.

Compared to her PB of 14.79m, Ennis’ shot put performance of 14.28m (813 points) was perhaps slightly below what she wanted to achieve and her lead was eclipsed as Skujyte powered to a 17.31m world heptathlon best for 1016 points.

This gave Skujyte a tally of 3126 to Ennis’ 3062 but this didn’t prove cause for concern for Ennis is a top-class 200m runner while Skujyte has only broken 25-seconds once and that was back in 2004.

Indeed, Ennis finished the first day with her second PB of 22.83 in the 200m for 1096 points which brought her tally to 4158. Skujyte laboured to 25.43 (848 points) in her heat but hung on to second overall although she trails Ennis by 184 points with 3974.

Ennis is also 45 points ahead of her UK record schedule in Götzis which underlines the stature of her first day performance which included the fastest ever 100m hurdles in a heptathlon of 12.54, also a national record.

World champion Tatyana Chernova from Russia closed the gap on the leaders as she moved up into ninth with 3849. It hasn’t been the best day for Chernova but she has a superb second day and is still in shooting distance for a medal.

Reigning champion Natalia Dobrynska from Ukraine was actually ahead of her Beijing schedule after her first two events but she might have shot her bolt as she struggled in the shot. After two fouls, she could only manage 15.05m which was more than two metres down on her Beijing performance. Her total stands at 3835.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson didn’t perform well in the shot but she responded with a 200m PB of 23.73 to bring her tally to 3769 and she has her best event, the long jump, to come tomorrow.

Louise Hazel is currently in 34th after 12.81m in the shot and 24.48 in the 200m.

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