posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 03:07 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Marion Jones' chances for a medal at the Olympics ended abruptly Friday night with a fifth-place finish in the long
jump and a disaster in the women's 4x100 meter relay.
Running second, Jones had a poor exchange of the baton with Lauryn Williams. Williams left too early and she couldn't connect with Jones until it was
too late. The U.S. didn't finish because Williams was already out of the handoff zone.
The race was won by the Jamaican foursome of Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell in 41.73 seconds. Russia was second
and France was third.
Earlier in the long jump, Jones was only able to clear 6.85 meters, and that was on her second attempt. It was a Russian sweep in the event, as
Tatyana Lebedeva won the gold with a leap of 7.07 meters, followed by Irina Simagina at 7.05, while Tatyana Kotova was third with the same distance.