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Ennis advised to be 'selfish'

WINNER: Team GB's Jessica Ennis is tipped to win gold at the London Olympics next year

BRITAIN’S OUTSTANDING hope for the upcoming Olympic Games has been advised to enjoy herself. Former Olympian Cathy Freeman has said that heptathlete Jessica Ennis should be selfish in order to best deal with the pressures of winning gold next year.

Australian Freeman told BBC Sport how the expectation to win the 400m at Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 weighed on her and she now has words of wisdom as to how Ennis should cope with her own 'home' Olympics.

"The spotlight will be on Jessica," Freeman said. "She has to find a place where she can't be touched. She knows what she wants and it must be on her terms," she added.

The 25 year-old Ennis, who won silver in Daegu, South Korea, is one of the GB athletes who is strongly tipped to scoop gold next year.

Alongside fellow gold medalist Mo Farah, Ennis was recently named athlete of the year for the second year in succession by the British Athletics Writers' Association

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