Ennis Captures Dream Olympic Gold on Home Soil

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Britain's Jessica Ennis won a dream gold at her home Olympic women's heptathlon on Saturday after storming to victory in the 800 meters - Sputnik International
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Britain's Jessica Ennis won a dream gold at her home Olympic women's heptathlon on Saturday after storming to victory in the 800 meters.

Britain's Jessica Ennis won a dream gold at her home Olympic women's heptathlon on Saturday after storming to victory in the 800 meters.

Ennis had a virtually unassailable lead of 184 points going into the middle-distance finale after a 6.48 meter long jump and a personal best in the javelin of 47.49 meters.

She ran two minutes, 8.65 seconds and to take the gold with 6,955 points.

Ennis thrust her arms into the air as she crossed the line, then falling to the track and bursting into tears; the enormity of the achievement in front of her home fans too much to take.

Ennis, 26, is the first Briton to win the heptathlon since Denise Lewis in Sydney 12 years ago.

Tatyana Chernova of Russia thought she had the silver with 6,628 when Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf was disqualified from the 800 meters for a lane infringement after finishing fourth.

But after a verbal protest from the German coaches, the result was allowed to stand and Schwarzkopf overtook Chernova by a mere 21 points.

That bumped Lyudmila Yosypenko of Ukraine off the podium.

A Ukrainian appeal was rejected.

 

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