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Women's Heptathlon - Dobrynskya And Ennis Set To Face Off While Many Greats Sit At Home
With heptathlon greats Carolina Klüft, Hyleas Fountain, Kelly Sotherton and drug cheat Lyudmila Blonska either injured, unqualified or suspended, the 2009 women's heptathlon field is lacking in depth, but not in suspense. The showdown between Ukranian Natalya Dobrynska and Brit Jessica Ennis will be highly anticipated.
Dobrynska, the 2008 Olympic champion, will lead a strong Ukranian squad. Despite the suspension of disgraceful Olympic cheater Blonska, Ukranians occupy 3 of the world's top 5 spots in 2009.
American Hyleas Fountain was injured at the time of the US Trials, so is unqualified for Berlin. Sotherton is injured and can't compete. Klüft's body also can't handle the grind anymore and the world record holder is sticking to the long jump.
All of these absences mean an unexpected second favorite - Great Britain multi-eventer Jessica Ennis. Ennis is the current world #1 with her 6587 seasonal and personal best. Dobrynska has a personal best almost 150 points higher but has not performed quite at that level yet this year.
Third-favorite title must go to Tatyana Chernova, the Beijing bronze medal winner after the disqualification of Blonska.
All of the British press will be following Ennis as she appears to be the #1 candidate for a gold medal in Berlin with the spate of injuries circulating through the British squad lately.
Women's Heptathlon Statistics By LRC Coaching Guru John Kellogg
6587 Jessica Ennis (GBR) 4th in 2007 World Championships