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Jess Ennis reveals London 2012 pressures in book

Jessica Ennis won gold in the heptathlon at London 2012 Credit: PA

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has revealed the extreme pressure of being the face of the London Olympics.

In her new book, Unbelievable, serialised in The Times, the heptathlete champion also described how she was bullied because of her size at school, and the "pure fear" she felt before the 800 metres, her final event at the Olympic Stadium.

Of the weeks and months building up to the Games, she wrote: "The pressure was huge. I would drive past five big posters of me on the way to training. It was still hard to take in.

"One night I was driving to a chip shop and was about to go in when I saw the huge Powerade ad hanging outside. There I was, supposedly sweating after a hard session, clad in Lycra and selling good health. I thought, 'God, I can't go in now', and drove on to Sainsbury's instead."

Olympic hero Ennis shows off car for procession

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis is pretty nippy on the track, but that is nothing compared to her latest set of wheels.

The heptathlon star is taking part in this year's Lord Mayor's Show procession in the City of London and showed off the car that will take her around on November 10.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis outside St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ennis, 26, was especially good in the running events in the seven-discipline sport but said she got an adrenaline rush when the Jaguar F-Type hit 150mph on a test run.

Ennis, an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport, said: "I did get quite excited the other day when I was driving it - we got up to about 150mph and I don't think I can run that fast!

"It was a massive adrenaline rush, it's great to experience that kind of speed. But I don't think I'll be reaching that kind of speed anytime soon."

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Sheffield United to name stand after Jessica Ennis

Sheffield United are set to rename one of their stands after Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis.

Jessica Ennis. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

From this weekend, the Bramall Lane stand will be renamed The Jessica Ennis Stand in recognition of the Sheffield heptathlete's achievements.

Sheffield United owner Kevin McCabe said: "It is an appropriate and fitting tribute to re-name our Bramall Lane double tier stand after one of the finest athletes this country has ever produced".

Ennis told the club's website: "I never expected when I started out in athletics in Sheffield all those years ago that I would have a football stand at Sheffield United named after me".

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