Sunday, 30 August 2009

Ennis and Idowu the centre of attention

While the host nation’s gold medal heroes, Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu, will no doubt top the bill for the home crowd, every one of the 20 international events includes at least one Berlin finalist with medallists scheduled to appear in 15 of those.Ennis has limited herself to one event – the 100m Hurdles – where she faces the new World champion, Brigitte Foster-Hylton of Jamaica. Ennis, who dominated the Heptathlon in Berlin, has her eyes on the British record of 12.80 having got within 0.01s of Angela Thorp’s 1996 time earlier this season.Idowu, meanwhile, faces no fewer then four Berlin finalists, including Brazil’s Jadel Gregorio and fellow-Brit Nathan Douglas. The world Triple Jump champion has been saying all season that Berlin is the only competition that matters this year, so now he’s achieved his long-time goal this could be a celebratory demonstration from the colourful Briton at the former home track of World record holder Jonathan Edwards.“Hopefully, I can build on this and go on to achieve great things like Edwards,” said Idowu. “I have still got some more medals I need to pick up to even be classed in the same rank as him.”

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