Hyleas Fountain (USA) reacts after running 12.70 in the heptathlon 100m hurdles for 1,195 points during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.
LONDON -- Jessica Ennis set the stage today for a pro-British crowd of 80,000 to cheer her to a heptathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, 2008 silver medalist Hyleas Fountain, a former University of Georgia athlete, had a very poor javelin throw and plummeted to 27th place.
Canada's Brianne Theisen, a three-time NCAA heptathlon champion at Oregon, is 14th.
Through six of events, Ennis has amassed 5,971 points and a 208-point lead over Austra Skujyte of Lithuania. Ennis long jumped 21 feet, 3 1/4 inches - near her best - and threw the javelin a personal best of 155-9.
She has turned tonight's competition in the closing 800 meters into a coronation.
Fountain's score is 5,084. Her javelin distance was 70-10, or about half that of a mediocre heptathlete and not close to an Olympic standard. Her two other attempts were fouls.
Theisen, with 5,408 points, is 61 points out of the top 10. She long jumped 19-8 3/4 and threw the javelin a personal best of 152-5.
(David Woods, The Indianapolis Star/USA Today)