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Jones finishes fifth as Russians sweep

Updated: August 27, 2004, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- A foot short with the baton. Eight inches short in the sand.

Hoping to win a pair of gold medals Friday, Marion Jones was shut out instead. After finishing fifth in the long jump, a botched relay handoff ended her chances of winning even a single medal in Athens -- a disastrous finish to her tumultuous summer.

"It was an extremely disappointing performance for me. It exceeded my wildest dreams in a negative sense," Jones said. "I looked for great things this year. ...

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