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Ennis-Hill poised to win World Championship gold

Jessica Ennis-Hill is on course for World Championship gold after Katarina Johnson-Thompson's challenge collapsed in agonising fashion.

Ennis-Hill has six second cushion for the 800m metres. Credit: PA

Saturday proved a fascinating battle between master and apprentice, resulting in the British pair occupying the top two spots overnight.

The victor was only expected to become clear in the final heptathlon event on Sunday evening, yet Johnson-Thompson's disastrous long jump ruled her out of contention.

Ennis-Hill's season best effort of 6.43 metres gave her a comfortable cushion at the top of the overall standings, which remained solid after throwing 42.51m in the javelin.

It puts the London 2012 champion on the cusp of gold with just the 800m to go, boasting an 86-point cushion - the equivalent to approximately six seconds - over Holland's Nadine Broersen in second.

Johnson-Thompson, by contrast, ended a galling morning session in 29th place overall.

Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from Birmingham GP

Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from Sunday's Birmingham Grand Prix as she bides her time before a possible World Championship bid later this year.

Ennis-Hill will not feature in Birmingham on Sunday. Credit: PA

Ennis-Hill made a successful return to action at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis last weekend in her first heptathlon since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

The Sheffield star finished fourth and achieved the Olympic qualifying standard but admitted her exertions came at a price.

And after discussions with her coach Toni Minichiello the 29-year-old made the decision not to rush back into a top-level schedule.

Ennis-Hill said:

Having competed in my first full heptathlon in three years, both Toni and I feel that my body held up well in Gotzis and we are delighted with how I did, but I feel competing seven days later is going to be too soon.

I have missed a volume of training over the past few months, since having my baby, due to problems with my Achilles and there is still a lot of work to do.

So we have made the decision for me to take the usual week off post a heptathlon to recover and then to get back into solid training."

– Jessica Ennis-Hill

Labour MP claims rape tweets show Ennis-Hill is right

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper believes the rape tweets directed at Jessica Ennis-Hill prove why her stance on Ched Evans is so important.

Ennis-Hill received abusive tweets from trolls on Friday after making it clear she would remove her name from a stand at Sheffield United if the club offer the convicted rapist a contract.

The tweets directed at the Sheffield born Olympic Champion are currently being investigated by South Yorkshire police.

Cooper also urged the League One club to "recognise their responsibility to the local community" by resisting the temptation to offer Evans a professional deal.

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