'I'm just going to enjoy this moment for as long as I possibly can': Golden girl Jessica Ennis vows to take a break to relax after her stunning Olympic heptathlon gold medal

Golden girl Jessica Ennis says she is determined to enjoy her moment of Olympics glory after last night’s incredible heptathlon victory as she announced she has withdrawn from the 100m hurdles contest.

Appearing on the BBC Breakfast sofa this morning after only a few hours sleep, Ennis still look stunned by her success.

'I still can't believe that it's happened', she told presenters Bill Turnbull and Hazel Irvine.

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Jessica Ennis BBC Breakfast

The Olympic champion was back on promotional duties this morning as she celebrated her part in a golden day for Team GB - her heptathlon win was one of six British triumphs at the home Games yesterday

Jessica Ennis BBC Breakfast

Jessica Ennis appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa this morning after only a few hours sleep in the wake of her heptathlon triumph

'Right now I'm just going to enjoy this moment for as long as I possibly can, spend some time with my family and then have a break and relax.'

More than 16million viewers tuned in to watch the finale of the two day heptathlon competition while the Olympic stadium was packed out with vocal home fans.

Ennis said the support of the home crowd made her raise her game for the seven round competition.

'It's like nothing I've ever experienced before', she said. 'It was unbelievable in there.

'As soon as I walked out for the first event the crowd was just so loud it gave me goosebumps and made me want to raise my game that little bit more.'

Ennis said that she had been able to survive the pressure of the great expectations on her for London 2012 with the support of her family and training team.

'They've just sheltered me from it and made sure I could completely focus on performing and training.'

She admitted the pressure as the Games' poster girl was hard throughout the two days of heptathlon events: 'It has been hard, I am not going to lie, it has been a lot of pressure and there were times through those two days I was worried something would go wrong, if it was three no-jumps or three no-throws, and I would have been devastated. It's a massive relief to have actually done it.

'I have always said that I felt lucky coming into a home Games in such a great position and hopefully being a big part of the Games,' she added.

Jessica Ennis medal

Ennis playfully checks her gold medal is real after an emotional ceremony where she was presented with her prize by Sir Craig Reedie and Lord Sebastian Coe

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis still couldn't believe she'd got the gold as she made television appearances this morning

'Obviously having missed the last Olympics in Beijing, I was just trying to make the most of it and enjoy it.

'But yeah, it was so much pressure, everybody expected me to win and I just knew how hard it was going to be, so I'm just so relieved that I've got the medal now.'

But her years of training for this weekend went to plan and the stadium crowd roared with delight as she overtook her competitors to cross the line first in the final 800m round, capping off her triumph in style.

The Sheffield athlete has already had the honour of Royal Mail painting a postbox gold on the city's Division Street, and now Ladbroke's have put 3/1 odds on Ennis, who already has an MBE, becoming Dame Jessica in the New Year's Honours List.

The gold medallist has since announced she has withdrawn her entry for tomorrow's 100m hurdles heats.

In a press conference at the Olympic Park along side long jump gold medal winner Greg Rutherford, Ennis said the event had been  back-up in case her heptathlon bid did not go to plan, though she had considered going for another gold after running a heptathlon record of 12.54 seconds during her first competition.

Jessica Ennis Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Louise Hazel

Victorious Jess was congratulated by her Team GB heptathlon counterparts Katarina Johnson-Thompson, left, and Louise Hazel, right as she smashed her own British record on her way to Olympic glory

'When I ran the time I did in the hurdles I thought "should I give it a go?"' she said.

But Ennis said she did not think she could be at the level needed for another round of heats and finals after her massive efforts on Friday and Saturday.

And though she has only just achieved her long-held dream, after the disappointment of being injury-stricken for the Beijing Games in 2008, there are already questions about what's next for the golden girl of British athletics - and she did not rule out going for gold once more in Rio 2016.

She said: 'I'm still only 26 and have a few years left.

'I definitely want to have a bit of a break and enjoy life but I definitely want to achieve more in the sport.'


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