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
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
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
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
"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."