posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 11:07 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Perhaps it was the stress of fighting doping allegations. Maybe it was the physical and emotional strains of motherhood. Or
perhaps time, and a new generation of sprinters, are finally catching up with her.
Marion Jones failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters Saturday night, losing out on a chance to defend her gold medal in her
signature event at the Athens Games.
Jones started quickly but seemed to struggle as the race progressed and finished fifth in the final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The top three
finishers automatically make the team.
Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, still can make the Olympic team if she qualifies in the 200 meters or long jump. Or she could be
picked for a relay team.
The defeat comes at a difficult time for perhaps the biggest U.S. Olympic star. She is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, although
she has repeatedly denied using drugs and has not been charged by USADA.
[Edited on 7/11/2004 by Gibbs Baby!!!]