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Athletics: Jessica Ennis voted 2012 European Athlete of the Year

October 5, 2012
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Jessica Ennis has been voted the 2012 winner of the women’s European Athlete of the Year Award, capping a incredible year for the heptathlete.

Athletics: Jessica Ennis voted 2012 European Athlete of the YearFive years ago Ennis picked up the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award and since then has gone on to win numerous European and world titles. Earlier this year she became an even bigger star in the sport by taking the Olympic title in her specialist event.

Her score at the London 2012 Olympic Games, in a British record of 6955 points, moved her up to number four on the European all-time list and fifth on the global rankings.

After her first British and Commonwealth record of the year when she recorded 6906 points at the famous multi-events meeting in the Austrian town of Götzis in May, she became only the second women to score over 6900 twice in the same year and the first since 1988.

She also took second place in the World Indoor Championships pentathlon with 4965 points, a tally only ever beaten by two other women.

Naturally though, what will be remembered more than anything about Ennis’ year is her magnificent Olympic victory, with three personal bests in the seven events, a triumph achieved despite the burden of expectation as one of the poster girls for London 2012.

The 26-year-old pipped the likes of Anna Chicherova, Barbora Spotakova and Sandra Perkovic to claim the honour, with previous award winners including Mariya Savinova (2011) and Blanka Vlasic (2010).

Kelly Holmes was the last GB athlete to take the title, when she won the honour in 2004.

Ennis’ achievement will be celebrated during the European Athletics Awards Night in St Julians, Malta, on Saturday 13 October alongside the men’s winner of the European Athlete of the Year award, to be announced later today.

The European Athletics Rising Star of the Year winners, Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic and Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden, will also be present to pick up their awards.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

Photo credit: Mark Shearman

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