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.
You would always want to have scored more points, but since Jessica's arrival on the international scene in 2007 I think she has proved she is a very capable and more importantly a competitive athlete. My role as a coach will be to remind her and of that and give Jessica considered and appropriate feedback.
This is a World Championships and a competition, never "a walk in the park". I for certain wouldn't have it any other way.
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