Jessica Ennis-Hill proved its class and responded to critics with a British record-breaking heptathlon performance. Austria This day in 2012.

just a few months ago London As one of the games’ poster girls, the Olympics came with excitement after her coach Toni Minichello revealed a top figure. UK Athletics She accused him of being overweight.

Ennis-Hill, née Ennis at the time, lost the World Championship to Tatyana Chernova in 2011, though the latter’s doping conviction would later see that outcome falsified.

It was an important statement of intent, then, for Ennis-Hill to win the Hypo-Meeting at Gotzis with a score of 6,906 – making her the eighth woman in history to score over 6,900 points.

In doing so, she defeated Denise Lewis. English record of 6,831 in the previous 12 years.

Ennis-Hill was in electric form as he led a strong pitch with a joint best in the long jump (6.51 meters), setting personal records in the 200 meters (22.88 seconds) and javelin (47.11 meters).

“I know I’m in a great situation and now I can build on it,” he thought.

“I’m over the moon. The record was something I had in the back of my mind and wanted to achieve, but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on it. Now I have the record, I’m very, very happy.

“I wanted to do it for myself, to prove to myself that I can do it, make a big score, and be in good shape.”

Ennis-Hill went even better in a victorious spectacle at his home Olympics, taking gold on “Super Saturday” and raising his own record of 6,955.

This continued until 2019, when her heir, Katerina Johnson-Thompson, scored 6,981 points at the World Championships in Doha.