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Jessica Ennis-Hill vs Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Paula Radcliffe awaiting tough Olympic heptathlon battle

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill to go adult against Katarina Johnson-Thompson at Rio 2016
  • Ennis-Hill is favourite to keep a heptathlon pretension she won during London 2012 
  • Paula Radcliffe expects conflict between a span and Brianne Theisen-Eaton
  • Radcliffe also believes Laura Muir can means an dissapoint in a 1500m 

Dave Clark, Press Association

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Paula Radcliffe expects a conflict for heptathlon bullion between Brits Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson to be one of a highlights of a Rio Olympics.

Ennis-Hill is favourite to keep a pretension she won during London 2012 after claiming bullion during final year’s World Championships in Beijing – nonetheless she is approaching to face unbending foe from compatriot Johnson-Thompson and Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton.

The 30-year-old Ennis-Hill won her initial heptathlon given final year’s World Championships in Germany in June, nonetheless her sum of 6,733 points was 32 fewer than Theisen-Eaton’s world-leading measure from a Hypo Meeting in Goetzis in May.

Brits Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will go conduct to conduct in a heptathlon

Brits Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will go conduct to conduct in a heptathlon

Paul Radcliffe is expecting tough conflict between Johnson-Thompson and Ennis-Hill

Paul Radcliffe is expecting tough conflict between Johnson-Thompson and Ennis-Hill

And former universe youth champion Johnson-Thompson, who crashed out of row in Beijing final year when she unsuccessful to register a authorised bid in a prolonged jump, highlighted her certification by winning a same fortify with a jump of 6.84 metres during a Anniversary Games in London final month.

‘I consider there’s going to be some good events,’ pronounced Radcliffe, who will be in Rio as partial of a BBC’s entertainment coverage.

‘I’m looking brazen to a women’s heptathlon; we consider that’s going to be hopefully a unequivocally good conflict between a tip girls there.

‘If they get it right over a dual days it will be great, so to see KJT during her best go adult opposite Jess during her best and Brianne Eaton during her best will be unequivocally good.’

Former universe youth champion Johnson-Thompson has done improvements in new weeks

Former universe youth champion Johnson-Thompson has done improvements in new weeks

Ennis-Hill will be a challenging competition to anyone with award aspirations in Rio this summer

Ennis-Hill will be a challenging competition to anyone with award aspirations in Rio this summer

While Ennis-Hill and Johnson-Thompson are deliberate clever award contenders for Team GB, Radcliffe also believes Laura Muir can means an dissapoint in a 1500m.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba are approaching to lead a follow for gold, though Radcliffe sees no reason given a 23-year-old Scot, who clocked a new personal best of 3:57:49 during London’s Olympics Stadium final month, can't contest for a medal.

‘I consider a women’s 1500 should be a good competition and unequivocally engaging to watch this year,’ combined Radcliffe.

‘I consider we’ve got a good possibility in a approach Laura Muir is stepping brazen and with Laura Weightman right behind her.

Laura Muir will be aiming to see off a rival margin from Africa in a 1500m race

Laura Muir will be aiming to see off a rival margin from Africa in a 1500m race

‘I’m (looking brazen to saying Laura Muir) – apparently she’s in a unequivocally tough event.

‘She’s positively shown with a strides brazen that she’s taken over a final integrate of years that she’s unequivocally on an ceiling momentum.

‘I consider she’s got a unequivocally good racing conduct on her shoulders, a approach she can consider and make decisions within races and get it right during a Championships.

‘In Beijing she was roughly there and she walked divided totally gutted and unequivocally wanting to build on that this year, and it will be sparkling to see that.

Radcliffe sees no reason given a 23-year-old Muir can't contest for a award during a Games

Radcliffe sees no reason given a 23-year-old Muir can't contest for a award during a Games

‘For me, rather than examination one particular person, it’s some-more a races – we unequivocally wish to see a good competition and a competition that’s got we on a corner of your chair a whole approach through, so that’s some-more what excites me.

‘I demeanour brazen to something like a 1500m, men’s 800m, even a men’s 100m given it goes down to a final integrate of strides to confirm it.’

This is a initial Olympics given marathon world-record hilt Radcliffe retired.

The 42-year-old never won an Olympic award after finishing fifth in a 5,000m in 1996 and fourth in a 10,000m during Sydney in 2000 before injuries blighted her performances in 2004 and 2008 and a feet problem forced her to repel from London 2012, though Radcliffe has no regrets.

Despite a festive career, Radcliffe did not suffer most fitness when it came to a Olympics

Despite a festive career, Radcliffe did not suffer most fitness when it came to a Olympics

‘Although I’ve had time to adjust to a other side and removing to know how it works from a opposite side of it with a World Championships, a Olympics is a whole opposite thing and it’s bigger and it will be a initial one so we consider it’s flattering sparkling removing a possibility to see it from a other side and still take partial in it,’ she said.

‘I consider it’s something blank – we wouldn’t contend bewail given we don’t unequivocally trust in regrets as prolonged as you’ve given it your best shot, and we gave it my best shot.

‘In Atlanta and Sydney my best shot wasn’t good adequate for a award and in a other dual we mislaid out by injury. Probably a hardest one to indeed take was not being means to make a start line in London and carrying it taken divided so late in a day.

‘There are other things we feel utterly propitious to have achieved in my life and we wouldn’t barter any of those. You can’t have everything; we don’t reason it opposite a Olympics.’

The 42-year-old never won an Olympic award though she is now looking brazen to her purpose in Rio

The 42-year-old never won an Olympic award though she is now looking brazen to her purpose in Rio

Paula Radcliffe will be one of a BBC’s entertainment guest during Rio 2016. The BBC will be display some-more than 3,000 hours of live sporting movement from a Olympics opposite TV, radio, online and digital. 

 

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