If you were to have asked any betting man who they would back to triumph in Rio prior to the Muller Anniversary Games this weekend, the overwhelming chances are they would have said Ennis-Hill. That was before Johnson-Thompson cleared an outdoor ...
The Johnson-Thompson who had previously had such amazing things predicted of her was back, as shown in her smileÂ afterwards. But when it came to predicting who will triumph when it matters most next month, she was determined not to read too much in to her performances inÂ the past two days.
â€œJess is still the favourite for Rio,â€ she insisted. â€œShe's done consistent scores in all her single events, she's a championship performer and sheâ€™s defending champion.
â€œBut I do feel ready now. I know I can do it â€“ it's just about consistency.Â I've just got to go home and work on the other events because I can't forget about them.
â€œIâ€™ve come out of that brilliantly and I feel like when I'm 100 per cent healthy I can do anything.â€
Asked if she felt the long jump scars that have blighted her since Beijing were gone after posting a brilliant series of six jumps all over her previous seasonâ€™s best, Johnson-Thompson was unequivocal: â€œYes. Yes I do,â€ she said.
â€œI didn't want to get any no-jumps, to show Iâ€™m consistent.Â The wind was changing a little bit but I know I can change things. Last year I felt I couldn't change anything in Beijing.â€
In addition to seeing off Shara Proctor, Britainâ€™s long jump world silver medallist from last summer, Johnson-Thompson also left Ennis-Hill in her wake on SaturdayÂ with the defending Olympic heptathlon champion well below par with a best effort of 6.19m.
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