Strong jumping by her closest rivals knocked Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis from the lead in the fifth event of the Heptathlon, the Long Jump.
Ennis was the competition leader at the end of the first day; with four events completed she had a 51 point advantage over second-placed Viktorija Zemaityte (LTU – 3490) and was nearly 100 points clear of Germany’s Kathrin Geissler (3459) and 136 points in front of South Africa’s Justine Robbeson (3405).
Whilst the leaders did not change, there was a complete upheaval in their positions after this fifth event as Geissler took over the lead by adding 883 points to her total with a 6.11 second attempt that gave her 4342 points.Behind her, Justine Robbeson jumping in the A group pulled out a new personal best of 6.14 with her second attempt, before running through her third jump. This gave her 893 points and moved Robbeson up to second place with 4298.
At this point, Ennis was still in third place, when Zemaityte pulled a new PB out of the bag with her final attempt and jumped 5.82, worth 795 points, giving her a total of 4285, as Ennis jumped her new personal best with her own last attempt, but the difference was too great as the Briton cleared 5.59 for 726 points and a total of 4267.
Hovering at her shoulder at this point are USA’s Gayle Hunter (4138) and Germany’s Julia Machtig (4136), but with just 105 points separating the top 5 players in this drama, the action is going to be exciting in the two remaining events.