August 16, 2009 / 7:48 PM / in 10 years

Ennis wins heptathlon gold with command performance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s Jessica Ennis won the world championship heptathlon gold on Sunday after leading from the opening event.

Ennis, 23, won three of the four disciplines on Saturday and managed a personal best in the other, the shot, to take a healthy 307-point lead into the second day.

She was pegged back slightly in the long jump and further in the javelin, her weakest event, but still went into the 800 meters with a cushion of 171 points, which represented around 11 seconds.

Ennis, who missed last year’s Olympics with a fractured ankle, took a safety-first approach in the 800 by hitting the front early and holding off all challengers to finish safely in 2:12.22 for a total of 6,731 points.

A storming finish from Germany’s Jennifer Oeser secured her the silver and Poland’s Kamila Chudzik took bronze.

Editing by Ed Osmond

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