Jessica Ennis became the hope of the British nation and the talisman of the British athletics team at the London Olympics. First on the track in the Olympic Stadium, despite the enormous national pressure, she dominated the heptathlon and won the gold medal with a British record score of 6,955 pts, beating Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 pts. Her time in the 100 metres hurdles was a new British record and also the fastest time ever run in a heptathlon. She was subsequently voted European Woman’s Athlete of the Year. The Olympic gold completes a full range of medals – world championship in 2009, the world indoor championship and European championship in 2010.