Jones finishes behind Sturrup again

Updated: June 12, 2005, 3:30 AM ET
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MONTERREY, Mexico -- Marion Jones finished fourth behind Chandra Sturrup and two others in the 100 meters at the Galatletica competition Saturday.

The three-time Olympic champion finished in a poky 11.40 seconds and was beaten by the Bahamas' Sturrup (11.14) for the third time this year. Jones lost the 100 to her at a meet in Italy last week and one in the Netherlands last month.

After Sturrup on Saturday were Americans Lauryn Williams (11.30) and Muna Lee (11.39).

"I will go back home and train for two weeks and try to pull off a long shot in U.S. nationals," said Jones, who won gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and 4x400 meters relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She is scheduled to compete in the 100 and 200 meters at the U.S. championships, which will decide the American team for August's world championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Jones' boyfriend, Tim Montgomery, finished fifth out of six in the 100 meters with a time of 10.43 seconds. American J.J. Johnson won in 10.18 seconds.

Toby Stevenson set a North American record in winning the pole vault at 19 feet, 4¼ inches.

Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin won the 200 in a time of with a time of 20.00 seconds. J.J. Johnson of the United States came in second with 20.30.

Mexican star Ana Guevara was edged out in the 400 by Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas. Williams-Darling's finish in 49.85 was a world best in the even this year. Guevara finished in 50.05.

Jones has been under a cloud of suspicion based on Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative grand jury transcripts that were leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as public accusations against her by BALCO founder Victor Conte and others.

Although she has never failed a doping test and denies ever using performance-enhancing substances, Jones has been shunned by many meet organizers.

Montgomery, who set the 100-meter world record in 2002, has never tested positive for a banned substance. Still, the United States Anti-Doping Agency is seeking to ban him from competition based on secret documents the U.S. Senate obtained last year from the BALCO investigation and then forwarded to the doping agency.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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