Hyleas Fountain leads heptathlon

Updated: August 29, 2011, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

DAEGU, South Korea -- American Hyleas Fountain won the first two events in the heptathlon Monday at the world championships.

Fountain ran the 100 hurdles in 12.93 seconds and cleared a season-best 6-2¼ in the high jump for a two-event total of 2,228 points. Defending champion Jessica Ennis of Britain was second with 2,187 points, followed by Russia's Tatyana Chernova with 2,093.

The shot put and 200 were later Monday. The event concludes Tuesday with the long jump, javelin and 800.

Ennis and Fountain are the favorites to become only the fourth woman in history to break the 7,000-point barrier in the seven-discipline event.

Ennis was out of action for seven weeks earlier this season because of an ankle injury but has looked strong since returning to competition in mid-May.

Only three women -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Larisa Turchinskaya and Carolina Kluft -- have broken the 7,000-point barrier.


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