Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jessica Ennis - GB Heptathlon Gold Medalist has Jamaican roots!

Jessica Ennis wins Olympic heptathlon gold for Great Britain

Post 05 August 2012 By BBC Sport In Latest News Round Up

Jessica with Dad Jamaican born Vinnie Ennis and Mom Alison Powell.
 Jessica Ennis was crowned Olympic heptathlon champion in front of an adoring home crowd, as a new British record carried her to gold.
In one of the iconic moments of the London Games, the woman long anointed as the face of the Games fulfilled her destiny with a series of brilliant personal bests that left her rivals helpless.
Ennis knew she was almost certain of the title going into Saturday evening's final event, and she delivered with two minutes 8.65secs in the 800m.
The 26-year-old's total of 6,955 points was a huge 306 points ahead of Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf in silver and 327 clear of world champion Tatyana Chernova in bronze.
"I honestly can't believe it after all the hard work and after the disappointment in Beijing 2008," said Ennis.
... She will go down in British sporting history with this result, and her smiles of disbelief and joy after crossing the line were mirrored around the heaving stands of the Olympic Stadium.
From Wikipedia: Jessica Ennis’ profile

Born in Sheffield, Ennis is one of two daughters of Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell,[4] and has a younger sister named Carmel.[4] Her father, originally from Jamaica,[5] is a self-employed painter and decorator;[4] her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire.[6] Neither of her parents was particularly athletic, but her father did some sprinting at school whilst her mother favoured the high jump.[5] They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a 'Start:Track' event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays.

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