Jessica Ennis is setting new goals after her success at the London Olympics

Last Updated: 14/11/12 1:14pm

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Jessica Ennis says her next heptathlon goal will be to break the 7,000-point barrier after an incredible year in the sport.

The Sheffield-born athlete set a new British record of 6,955 points to claim gold at the London Olympics and has since been named on the shortlist for the World Female Athlete of the Year for 2012.

And after winning gold at her home Olympics, Ennis admits she has had to find new targets to keep her motivation high as she prepares for next season's World Championships.

Should she reach 7,000 points she would be only the fourth female athlete to do so after world record holder American Jackie Joyner-Kersee with 7,291, with Carolina Kluft of Sweden (7,032) and Russian Larisa Turchinskaya (7,007).

"Your motivation levels are very different (after the Olympics)," she said. "It's just getting back into it and looking forward to the next championship.

"The World Championships are going to be the main focus for next year, preparing and being where I need to be.

"I'm still 26, I've got time to achieve a bit more, and it's about re-setting your goals.

"Now the Olympic thing has been achieved, that's a great position to be in, but now I have to look forward to trying to get my title back at the Worlds next year and looking forward to 7,000 points, just setting yourself new goals."

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