Carolina Kluft has played down reports she is suffering from a knee injury ahead of what promises to be the best heptathlon competition in history.
Kluft is favourite to retain her world title when the championships get under way in Helsinki tomorrow.
The 22-year-old faces stiff competition from France's Eunice Barber and Birmingham's Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton however, and was reported to have injured her left knee at Sweden's pre-championship training camp.
But the Olympic champion insisted she was in perfect shape as she bids to retain the title she won in Paris two years ago with a personal best of 7,001 points.
"I feel really great right now," Kluft said. "I've had really good preparation and it's all been going really well.
"I think I will be able to beat my own personal best but the world record (held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee since 1988 with 7,291) is too good.
"I will try to concentrate on my own performance and be inspired by good results from the other girls. If I can score over 7,000 points I will be satisfied even if I am beaten."
Barber will be the biggest threat to Kluft's domination of the sport after making a successful comeback from injury with 6,889 points in Arles in June to lead the world rankings this year.
The 30-year-old, who won the world title in 1999, said: "I'm ready to score 7,000 points. Before Arles I was very nervous because my last competition was the world championships in Paris two years ago. Then followed two years of injuries and disappointments.
"But I am back. I have found again the competitive spirit. I won in Arles in 1999, I won the world title in Seville and I hope to repeat that feat in Helsinki."
Kluft acknowledges Barber and Sotherton will be her main rivals for the medals, and remembers how close she came to blowing the title in 2003 after two no-jumps in the long jump.
"When we start the first event (100m hurdles) everyone is on zero points and anything can happen," added Kluft, speaking at the public launch of seven speciallycommissioned images by celebrity photographer Jason Bell, which will be auctioned by Reebok to raise money for her new children ' s foundation.
"It doesn't matter if you have won medals before or have the most points this year. Anything can happen as we saw in Paris when I only had one chance left to make a good jump.
"Kelly will definitely have the opportunity to do a great competition because she is a great athlete and can improve in many events.
"That Eunice is doing good is great for the event because normally we don't get big crowds watching but now they will be focused on the competition." The first four disciplines of the heptathlon will be staged tomorrow and Sotherton will need a strong display to remain in the hunt for medals, especially with her weakest event - the javelin - to come on Sunday.
The 28- year- old, who improved her personal best from Athens by 123 points to 6,547 in Gotzis in May, faces tough competition from rising star Hyleas Fountain of America, Margaret Simpson of Ghana and Olympic silver medallist Austra Skujyte from Lithuania.
Meanwhile, Nathan Douglas believes he can handle the pressure of suddenly becoming one of Britain's best medal prospects in the World Athletics championships.
At the start of this season, Douglas' modest target was to triple jump more than 17 metres for the first time in his career.
But after a stunning performance in the AAA's championship and world trials in July he finds himself ranked third in the world and tipped to claim a rare British medal in Helsinki.
The 22- year- old from Oxford jumped a personal best of 17.64m in Manchester to break the event record of 17.59m set by world record holder Jonathan Edwards five years ago, hugely impressing the man himself who was commentating for television.
"That jump takes Nathan to another level," Edwards said. "It was the performance of the championships."
And on the tenth anniversary of Edwards' record leap of 18.29m on his way to gold in Gothenburg, it would be fitting if Douglas could summon up a podium finish next week.
"The attention doesn't worry me and I don't feel overwhelmed," insisted Douglas, who narrowly failed to make the Olympic final last year in his first senior international appearance.
"I really appreciate it but I'm trying not to read too much into it. We have a great tradition of triple jumping in Britain and I want to do all I can to carry it on.
"You wouldn't believe 17m was my aim at the start of the year. When that came sooner than expected my coach, Ted King, said 'I think you can do 17.50m'.
"I thought 'Wow, that's a big jump but maybe I can do it'. But I never expected 17.64m."
Douglas' chances of a medal in Helsinki have been increased significantly with the absence of Olympic champion Christian Olsson through injury, leaving the competition at its most open for years.
"There are no big favourites and no one worries me," added Douglas, whose jump in Manchester put him just 17cm behind Olympic silver medallist Marian Oprea's world best in 2005.
"But there are big jumpers around, even without Olsson.
"I keep saying it, and it's true, my only goal at the moment is to qualify for Thursday's final.