It is 47 days until the world championships in Beijing, but Jessica Ennis-Hill is not really counting them down.
If she makes it, she will be chasing a medal; if she does not, then immediate attention will be turned to the winter before the defence of her Olympic crown.
Rain, thunder, lightning and sun descended on Birmingham yesterday on the final afternoon of the Sainsbury’s British Championships and the presence of London 2012’s golden girl Ennis-Hill was enough alone to lift any track and field occasion.
But after being happy with her 100m hurdles on Saturday, in which she was third in the final in a season’s best of 13.10secs, it was not quite the same in the javelin as she finished 12th with 39.84m. Her personal best is almost nine metres further.
“I need to see how the next few weeks go in training,” said Ennis-Hill about Beijing. “I am going to make a last-minute decision and see if I am really in the right shape and that all my events are where they need to be to be a real contender.
“I don’t want to go there to make the numbers up. I want to go there to be competitive and if I am not quite going to be there, I need to step back, get back into training, get a solid winter in me and come out strong next year.”
It was always going to be an uncertain summer for Ennis-Hill as she returned to the sport after becoming a mum last year.
But as one British woman contemplates the world championships, another will head to China in the form of her life.
Having run the British 100m record of 11.02 in May, Dina Asher-Smith yesterday stormed to the national title in 11.08 and broke a championship record that had stood for almost 24 years.
Asher-Smith smashed the old mark of 11.15 held by American Evelyn Ashford, running then as a guest, to show the incredible inroads she has made this season.
“I wanted to come here and get a pb, but at the championships it is the win that counts. I am happy with my first British outdoors title,” said Asher-Smith, 19, who won in style from Bianca Williams in 11.43 and Desire Henry in 11.45.
She will probably have to break 11 seconds to make the final in Beijing, but it is all about the next step and Asher-Smith has been taking those with confidence and impressive speed.
The men’s 100m saw Chijindu ‘CJ’ UJah storm through to triumph in 10.10 as he beat James Dasaolou in 10.24 and Ojie Edoburun in 10.27.
And though he was not at his best, Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford did enough with his fifth-round effort of 8.11m to beat Dan Bramble, who had led with 8.04m.
Rutherford will go to Beijing looking to complete the outdoor set of major golds after adding the European and Commonwealth titles last year to his 2012 glory.