Jessica Ennis anticipates Olympic pressure

Jessica Ennis
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British heptathlete Jessica Ennis is hopeful pressure will improve her performance at the London 2012 Olympics.

Jessica Ennis believes that she will flourish under the pressure of competing in the London Olympics next year.

The British heptathlete, who is favourite to win the gold medal in the Games next summer, has insisted that the extra pressure will enhance her performance.

"All British athletes will feel some pressure next year because it's a home Olympics," Ennis told BBC Sport. "I hope that pressure will bring out a better performance in me.

"I'm feeling alright at the moment. Next year I might be twitching in my chair a little because it will be so close.

"There's always a level of expectation. We need to go out and enjoy [the Olympics], make the most of it and do what we know we are capable of doing."

The 25-year-old missed out on the Beijing Games in 2008 with a stress fracture, but will compete in the upcoming World Championships in South Korea.