posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 04:43 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Olympic champion Marion Jones pulled out of the 200 meters at the U.S. track and field trials Saturday to focus on the long jump
and the relays -- and perhaps even a spot in the 100.
Jones' decision was not the result of an injury, a source close to Jones told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She simply wants to
concentrate on the other events, the source said. A news conference was scheduled for later in the day.
As of now, Jones will not be defending either of her Olympic sprint titles at the Athens Games. But there's still a chance she could make the 100
team, for which she failed to qualify during the Olympic trials.
A change in the 100 squad is possible because of a drug case involving Torri Edwards, who finished second in the trials. If she loses her arbitration
hearing set for Monday and is banned for two years for using a stimulant, she would lose her place on the team.
That would move the fourth-place finisher at the trials, Gail Devers, onto the team. But Devers, who already has won two Olympic 100 titles, has
always wanted to win a hurdles title and could skip the 100 to focus on the hurdles. In that case, the fifth-place finisher -- Jones -- would make the
Jones won the long jump competition at the Olympic trials. By making the U.S. team in that event, she automatically qualifies for all relays.
Jones won an unprecedented five track and field medals at the 2000 Sydney Games. But she has had mostly disappointing performances this season, a year
after giving birth to a son, and she has been under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
She has repeatedly denied she has ever used performance-enhancing substances.