Olympics: Ennis sets scorching pace in heptathlon
LONDON (AFP) - British title hopeful Jessica Ennis, a poster girl for the London Olympics, clocked the fastest ever time for a heptathlete in the 100m hurdles on the opening day of athletics on Friday.
Ennis, the current world silver medallist, beat her personal best by 0.25sec as she set a new British record of 12.54sec in brilliant sunshine in front of an 80,000-capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
To put her time into perspective, it was faster than American Kellie Wells' victory in the 100m hurdles at last month's London Diamond League, in which the event's world champion Sally Pearson was beaten into second place.
It also matched American Dawn Harper's winning time in the individual hurdles at the Beijing Games in 2008.