Ennis off to blazing start at world indoors

RAF CASERT AP Sports Writer Published:

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Jessica Ennis had a blazing start to the defense of her pentathlon title at the indoor world championships Friday, easily beating Tatyana Chernova in the opening 60-meter hurdles.

Ennis bolted out of the blocks and immediately left the taller Chernova with an unbridgeable gap. The Briton crossed in 7.91 seconds, beating the Russian by 0.38 seconds to take an 86-point lead in a five-event discipline.

In the shot put, outdoor world champion David Storl, Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski and Reese Hoffa all qualified for Friday's final.

In a packed morning program, Ethiopian great Meseret Defar set off on her quest to become the first female athlete to win five world indoor gold medals in a row, easily winning her 3,000 heat.