• Coe urges gold medal hopefuls to reach out to Ennis-Hill
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill’s London 2012 preparation was ‘textbook’

Sebastian Coe has urged Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson to seek out Jessica Ennis-Hill for advice on how to deal with the pressure of going for gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Lord Coe, who won 1500m gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics before taking charge of the 2012 Games, believes that Ennis-Hill gave a “textbook” example of how to cope with great expectations while storming to heptathlon victory at the London Games. He suspects that she can help the world 200m champion Asher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson, who won the heptathlon at Doha 2019, to hit the highest notes again in Japan.

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