29.Jun.12 Jessica Ennis set to appear at Loughborough University (LEAP 2012)
Jessica Ennis, the golden girl of British athletics, is set to compete at the Loughborough European Athletics Permit meet (LEAP) on Saturday, July 7.
It will be the 26-year-old heptathlete’s final event before her attempt win a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Ennis, the biggest name to be confirmed for the meeting at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium so far, is appearing at the event for the second successive year.
Her coach Toni Minichiello, said: “Loughborough has always played an important part in Jess’s build-up to major championships and it has always worked well.
“Loughborough athletics events are always well managed and facilitate high performance.
“Jess enjoys competing at Loughborough and set her personal best for the 100 metres hurdles,12.79, in Loughborough last year.
“Jess competed at Loughborough in her build up to the Berlin World Championships in 2009.”
Ennis is a regular visitor to Loughborough University, having also appeared at the annual Loughborough International Athletics event, and is bound to create a lot of interest so close to the London Olympic Games. LEAP is expected to be a 1,500 sell-out.
The Sheffield star, a silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will compete in three events, the javelin, long jump and hurdles.
Chris Earle, Loughborough University’s Director of Sport, said: “LEAP has always been important for us.
“In Olympic year it has either been the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Games or the last opportunity for them to put themselves up for competition before the Games to see where they are in their preparations.
“The fact that Jessica is coming is a real bonus. She has competed at Loughborough on a regular basis so she is familiar with the place, she knows it’s a friendly place and a good place for her to compete.
“Hopefully it will be the last stepping stone for her on the road to a gold medal.”
Ennis, who competed at the Olympic trials in Birmingham last weekend, admits she will need to beat her own British record to win gold at London 2012.
Ennis eclipsed Denise Lewis’s 12 year old total with 6,906 points en route to victory in Austria last month.
She said: “Everyone is training hard and is going to be at their peak in London when it matters.
“It was great to set the record so early in the season but, yes, I think it’s going to take that big score to win.”
LEAP is expected to attract between 300 and 400 athletes, and more big names could opt to compete now last weekend’s Olympic trials are out of the way.
The university expects many athletes from across Europe to take part, and there could be athletes from the American, Australian and Jamaican teams who are all based in the UK.
There are 1,500 tickets available and cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). Tickets for staff and students cost £5.
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