posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 05:13 PM
Embattled triple Olympic champion Marion Jones has stunned organisers by withdrawing from tomorrow's IAAF Grand Prix. The 28-year-old has been the
subject of allegations that she took performance-enhancing drugs, which have been exacerbated by claims by her former husband CJ Hunter who tested
positive several times himself that he injected her with them during the 2000 Olympics.
She angrily denied those claims through her lawyer last week and was due to contest the 100m and the long jump here.
The two-time world 100m champion has not competed since then, and this was seen as a vital stop on her way to Athens to measure up her form.
She still has a chance of making the three spots on the 100m team if Torri Edwards is suspended by the IAAF for testing positive for a banned
stimulant and Gail Devers opts to only run in the 100m hurdles, a title she has never won at the Olympics.
"Marion Jones has decided not to compete so that she can continue to concentrate on her pre-Olympic training," a statement from her management company
The company gave no other reason for her pulling out other than to quote her as saying "My focus is on winning gold in Athens."
She is still slated to run in the 100m at the Golden League meeting in Zurich tomorrow week and is also lined up to run in a relay for the United
States in a meeting in Munich on August 8.