Ennis breaks personal best but the pain is still there

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Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain. 

It has been almost a year, but Jessica Ennis-Hill finally came through her first major competition since winning the heptathlon at last summer's Olympic Games in London.

But now the European Athletics Female Athlete of 2012 must wait to see if her body recovers and she is able to bid to regain the World title in Moscow next month.

Ennis-Hill had quite night at the European Athletics Permit meeting in Loughborough as she broke her javelin personal best and performed well in the long jump.

Yet she remains unsure whether her troubled Achilles tendon will stand up against the seven events of the heptathlon in Moscow in her event between August 12-13.

She said: "I want to be competitive, I don't want to go to just enjoy it. I want to contend for the gold medal.

"I am happy to be back, it has been a while and it has been really frustrating. I did not think I would be opening up my season in July and practically the end of July. It has been a long few weeks just assessing it each day, seeing how it's feeling and having to pull out of so many competitions that I had planned to do.

"It has just been really frustrating and disappointing."

But her left leg is still causing her problems. She added: "It is pain. It is one little bit that is really painful. When I compress it and when I am pushing off it hurts. If I had one event to prepare for then maybe it would have been a bit easier, but having to train for seven events and get all the work done that I needed to get done, it just hasn't happened unfortunately."

She remains hopeful that she will be back in the Olympic Stadium this weekend for the IAAF Diamond League meeting which takes places on both Saturday and Sunday and be ready for Moscow.

But barring a small javelin competition in Leeds in April, this was Ennis' first meeting of 2013, having pulled out of her five previous events.

Yet her display would have given her heart as she took the javelin to 48.33m, breaking her old personal best of 47.49m, to finish fourth as Spain's Nora Bicet won with 57.08m.

Then Ennis won the long jump with a best of 6.26m.

But with Russia's Tatyana Chernova, the defending world champion, showing fine form at the heptathlon, Ennis knows she will have to put her body through a great deal to bid for that gold. And with an Achilles problem, the track events could be the major stumbling block, particularly the hurdles with its fast pace and quick transition from landing to take off.

There were a series of other good performances in Loughborough with Denmark´s Nick Ekelund-Arenander close to a national record as he won the 400m in 45.68 from Great Britain's Michael Bingham in 45.79.

Britain's William Sharman took the 110m hurdles in 13.51 from Portugal's Rasul Dabo 13.61, another Briton, JJ Jegede, won the long jump with 8.03m and France's Phara Anacharis won the 400m hurdles in 56.51.