Coach's Corner Blog
Every month Coach Toni Minichiello will share his thoughts and insights into Jessica's progress and the challenging times ahead in the lead up the London 2012 Olympics.
We have seen what can only be described as an average start from Jessica here at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
I say average because we expect so much from her. To be leading from start to finish and smiling all they way.
In reality it is a little down on her personal best performance in Barcelona last year where she ran 12.95 secs and high jumped 1.89m to have a score of 2225 points. Here Jessica has run 12.94 secs (hitting more hurdles than I've ever seen) and high jumped 1.86m, the difference is that she is in 2nd place with 2187pts, a gap of 38 points.
The final race in Loughborough was as perfect a finish to the domestic season and the best send off to the World Championships any coach could have hoped for. Running the 100m hurdles in a personal best of 12.79 secs.
It's taken 2 years for Jessica to break her personal best for the 100m hurdles which stood at 12.81 secs, although her training times have shown that Jessica has been capable of going faster for over a year now.
The difficulty with Heptathletes is balancing the number of competitions outside of Heptathlons, what I mean by that, is doing enough races to run into shape, but not too many that you over compete and become tired.
At the time of writing this blog the year to go marker to the London 2012 Olympics fast approaches. From the number of emails and phone calls I’ve received it seems to be the media obsession.
The reality for me, is more importantly the World Championships less than 6 weeks away. Not because it has any bearing on the result of the Olympic games, but it may make history in a different way.
Jessica became only the 6th British woman to win a World Outdoor title in Berlin. Following in the footsteps of Fatima Whitbread (1987), Liz McColgan (91), Sally Gunnell (93), Paula Radcliffe (05), and Christine Ohuruogu (07), and of those 5 only 2 managed to convert that success into Olympic Gold the following year.
So that squashes any thought that a win in Daegu, guarantees anything in London.
Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello is tweeting updates for everyone to see, all the way from Barcelona and the European Athletics Championships. Get the inside scoop on what he's thinking and follow the progress right through to the final day and she if and how Jess brings home a medal.
You can follow Toni on twitter at Coach_Toni.
We'll also be retweeting his updates so if you prefer just follow us on twitter at JessicaEnnisNet .
I have often described good performances by Jessica as, “a good day at the office”; I also said that as a description it hardly seemed to fit the performances in Glasgow, so what on earth can I say about Doha? “Awesome”
British records and high levels of performance have seemed to become common place for Jessica, and worryingly for me an expectation for others.
I write “worryingly” because one of the main questions asked of me as Jessica’s coach was
“Where did I think the World Record was missed?”
It’s not worrying to me in the respect of upset, but rather in “how do I help Jessica to continue to improve? How do I as a coach stay ahead of the game?”
Jessica's Coach Toni Minichiello will be updating us from Doha, and in turn we'll tweet them here for you all to share!