Jessica Ennis wins heptathlon, Britain's first track gold

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Women's Heptathlon on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.
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(AP) LONDON - Jessica Ennis won the Olympic heptathlon gold medal for Britain on Saturday, starting with a record in the hurdles and finishing off almost 36 hours later with an 800-meter run that was more like two victory laps around the packed 80,000-seat stadium.

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.

She posted a total of 6,955 points, a British record. World champion Tatyana Chernova, a great second-day performer, finished strongly to take silver in 6,628. Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine with 6,618.

The capacity crowd went wild as Ennis collapsed over the line and the stadium announced Britain's first track gold medal in London since 1908.

Ennis sobbed at the end, then carried a Union flag around the track.