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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Marion Jones pulls out of 200 at Olympic trials

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TRD

posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 04:43 PM
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Associated Press
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 team.

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.




posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 06:24 PM
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There must be a urine test after the event is over.



posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 06:38 PM
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all of the atheletes that have been implicated in the balco mess are doing poorly, i wonder how long the effects of the designer steroid lasts on the body and what the results are when they suddenly get off the juice?


TRD

posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 03:27 PM
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To be honest it doesn't look very good as you say. That suddenly after being accused of taking them, they suddenly do so bad.



posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 07:44 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
To be honest it doesn't look very good as you say. That suddenly after being accused of taking them, they suddenly do so bad.


yeah, i don't think it's helping people believe they weren't juiced up, when they start failing all of a sudden. But, they blame it on the stress from having the media watch thier every move...


TRD

posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 08:04 PM
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So the pressure wasn't on before to keep at the number one spot because thats what these Athletes were no 1 in there field or near enough. They get media attention all the time and are under pressure as soon as they step onto the track. So they can't use that as an excuse.

They were on the gear no doubt, why else all of a sudden they are 3rd rate?



posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 08:15 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
So the pressure wasn't on before to keep at the number one spot because thats what these Athletes were no 1 in there field or near enough. They get media attention all the time and are under pressure as soon as they step onto the track. So they can't use that as an excuse.

They were on the gear no doubt, why else all of a sudden they are 3rd rate?


I agree with you totally, man. Seems a lame excuse.



posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 08:54 PM
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I thought that nerves about getting banned for life might be it, but then (I remembered Kobe who did just as well as before after he had charges laid onhim, and the most that has happened to the others is speculation



posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 09:23 PM
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Good point, man. And Kobe is getting 1,000 times more pressure from the media than any of the track follks.



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