Gallery: Louise Hazel enjoys a superb World Championships with new world champion Jessica Ennis

By ADAM LAZZARI MARCH S Louise Hazel produced the second best performance of her life to finish 14th in the heptathlon at the athletics World Championships. Possibly inspired by her team-mate and long-time training partner Jessica Ennis, who secured Brit

By ADAM LAZZARI

MARCH'S Louise Hazel produced the second best performance of her life to finish 14th in the heptathlon at the athletics World Championships.

Possibly inspired by her team-mate and long-time training partner Jessica Ennis, who secured Britain's first ever heptathlon gold in a World Championships, Hazel broke the 6,000 points barrier for the second time in her career, scoring 6,008.

Ennis won her title with 6,731 points, 238 head of German Jennifer Oeser, who won silver.


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Hazel competed on Saturday and Sunday in front of a packed Olympic Stadium in Berlin and millions of television viewers across the world.

Hazel, 23, said on Sunday evening: "I'm relieved. I'm just glad to be finished. Over 6,000 points again proved to everyone that I could do it.

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"I said at the beginning of the year, me and Jess would be back with a bang and we have been - she's done amazing - I'm so proud of the girl."

The heptathlon was held over the first two days of the championships.

Hazel, a long-time training partner of Ennis, who is also 23, started with a season's best 13.60 for 1,036 points in the hurdles.

Then, in the high jump, she worked her way through 1.59m, 1.62m, 1.65m and 1.68m before a second-time clearance at a PB of 1.71m before failing to clear 1.74m.

It gifted her 867 points for a total of 1,903 and 18th position at the end of the first session.

Hazel's performance in the shot put, where she recorded 11.24m, 10.92m and 11.62m to take 692 points, saw her slip down to 21st position.

She said of her first three events: "It's been a good start. The pace was a bit slow in the hurdles, it could have been more competitive but I ran well. I'm over the moon with the high jump. I really wanted to get 12m in the shot but overall I'm really pleased."

Hazel produced a season's best 24.19 in the 200m providing a boost of 963 points.

Hazel said: "I knew I had a fairly good race in me. The people were running the same times as me and based on my shot being a bit down I said to my coach Julie (Hollman) I'm just going to blow out of the blocks and make it up in the first 60 metres and then and then give it a good kick again at 120m.

"And I did it! I got a season's best result, I was so relieved. It was brilliant. The whole day was up and down but mainly up."

Hazel sat in 13th position with 3,502 points at the overnight stage.

She moved up to 12th position by the end of the second morning with jumps of 6.13m, 5.93m and 5.94m for 890 points in the long jump taking her to 4,392.

Hazel took to the final two events with the determination she had shown for the previous 26 hours and made sure of a significant points score to celebrate her debut on the world stage.

In the javelin, her 43.51m gifted her 735 points to take her total to 5,127 and 14th position and she finished with a personal best 2:15.85 in the 800m.

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