British fan favorite Jessica Ennis has made another indelible Olympic mark — a gold medal in the women's heptathlon.
She finished robustly ahead of the pack Saturday night in the 800-meter run and crossed the finish line with her face transforming from strain into overwhelming emotion and, finally, a broad grin. She's now basking in the crowd's adoration as she wraps herself in the British flag and waves to a jam-packed Olympic Stadium. In the stands, flashbulbs are popping by the thousands.
Ennis went into the last of her seven events with a lead of 188 points over Austra Skujyte of Lithuania and extended her margin by winning the last race Saturday in 2 minutes, 08.65 seconds.
Ennis, it's safe to say, is one of the most popular women in Britain at this moment — far beyond the confines of the jam-packed, 80,000-seat stadium.
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