Jones part of winning relay team in Munich

Updated: August 8, 2004, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany -- Marion Jones won twice Sunday in her first competition in more than three weeks, capturing the long jump and running the second leg for a U.S. 400-meter relay team that had the best time in the world this year.

Jones helped lead the United States to victory in a meet against Germany and France. The meet was used by U.S. coaches mostly as a chance to practice relays before the Athens Games, which begin Friday.

Jones leaped 22 feet, 4½ inches on her last attempt to win the long jump. That was much shorter than the 23-4 she jumped to win at the U.S. Olympic trials in July, and was just the ninth-best jump in the world this year.

Jones, a three-time champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has qualified only to compete in the long jump in Athens. She also hopes to be selected for a relay team, and there's a chance she could take a spot in the 100 if Torri Edwards is banned because of a drug suspension.

The relay team, which also included Angela Williams, Lauryn Williams and LaTasha Colander, won Sunday in 41.37 seconds. But that may be the last time Jones will be on a U.S. relay this summer.

Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and coaches might be reluctant to select her for a relay if there's a chance she could be suspended later.

Jones has been accused by her ex-husband, C.J. Hunter, of using banned drugs before, during and after the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She has not been charged by USADA and repeatedly has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jones had not competed since finishing last in her first-round heat of the 200 meters at the Olympic trials on July 17. She dropped out of a meet in London late last month, then was refused invitations by two other European meets.

Directors of the meets in Zurich, Switzerland, and Linz, Austria, said they were concerned that Jones' presence would make drugs the focus of their events.

In other events Sunday, Amy Acuff won the women's high jump but failed in three attempts to break Louise Ritter's 16-year-old American record of 6-8.

"I want a medal really bad," Acuff said. "I'll have to jump two meters (6-6¾) to have a chance in Athens."

Dwight Phillips won the men's long jump and Jeremy Wariner won the 400 in 44.91, the sixth time he has cracked 45 seconds this year.

"I am satisfied with the time," said Wariner, who slowed just before the finish. "The Olympic games will be fantastic. This year is a great one for me."


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