Ennis-Hill hoping for ruling on disputed 2011 world title
BEIJING (AP) Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill surprised even herself by winning the heptathlon gold at the world championships only a year after giving birth to her son.
Now she's hoping a speedy decision by the sport's governing body could result in yet another unexpected world title - one she lost four years ago to an athlete later suspended for doping.
Russia's Tatyana Chernova won the 2011 world title in Daegu, South Korea, relegating 2009 champion Ennis to second place.
In January, Chernova received a backdated two-year suspension from Russia's Anti-Doping Agency after anabolic steroids were found in her sample, annulling her results from August 2009 to August 2011, just two weeks before the start of the Daegu championships.
Ennis has since filed a complaint over the Daegu results with the IAAF, but has yet to receive word whether Chernova would be stripped of her title - a change that would elevate the British athlete to first place.
''To be honest, it's taking quite a long time and we hope (the IAAF officials) are looking into everything and (I'm) just going to have to wait. But it would be amazing to get that title,'' she told the Associated Press on Monday, a day after her victory in Beijing. ''Every athlete wants their sport to be clean and the more true performances we see, the more athletes that are getting caught ... is really, really great because we're making a change in our sport.''
Ennis-Hill's coach, Toni Minichiello, was even more emphatic that the IAAF make a quick decision on the Chernova case now that Sebastian Coe has been elected as president of track and field's governing body - a job the British two-time Olympic 1,500-meter gold medalist takes up after the world championships finish this weekend.
''If Seb Coe is to create a real legacy then make the wheels turn quicker,'' he said. ''Give people their rightful medals before they retire.''