Move over Cheryl Cole we have a new nation’s sweetheart. Last Saturday Jessica Ennis sensationally struck gold, finishing first in her heat of the 800m, the final event of the heptathlon.
Being named the ‘face of the games’ from the moment she clenched the top spot at the 2009 Berlin World Championships didn’t phase Sheffield born Ennis who jumped, threw, hurdled and sprinted her way to victory as the nation stood in awe of her triumph.
Last weekend thousands of fans and supporters flooded the 26-year-old’s mentions with admiration and praise:
This has been RT 700 times! Jessica Ennis is such a wonderful role model for young girls, none of this TOWIE rubbish, we need more Jessicas!
— Claire Young (@ClaireLYoung) August 5, 2012
— Rebecca Adlington (@BeckAdlington) August 4, 2012
Jessica Ennis take a bow, the world knows your name, the world loved you #sheffieldsfinest!!!
— Frankie (@FrankieSk8) August 4, 2012
— Lethal Bizzle (@LethalBizzle) August 4, 2012
Just watched Jessica Ennis's hurdles heat again…and again I state I kind of want to be her,brilliant athlete #TeamGB
— Clara Amfo (@claraamfo) August 3, 2012
— StarboyNathan (@StarboyNathan) August 4, 2012
After taking centre podium to receive her gold medal, the 26-year-old tweeted yesterday:
I can't thank everyone enough for the support they have given me over the past few weeks!I'm blown away! Can't believe I'm Olympic Champion!
— Jessica Ennis-Hill (@J_Ennis) August 5, 2012
Though Jessica still has the 100m hurdles to complete, the Olympian has said that she will swap the race for some relaxation time with family and friends saying that she was “more than happy” with her medal and that she will be enjoying “a few glasses of wine” and “rubbish food” to celebrate her success.