Marion Jones not to run at Prefontaine

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones doesn't plan to run in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic, according to meet organizer Tom Jordan.

Marion Jones not to run at Prefontaine

Eugene:

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones doesn't plan to run in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic, according to meet organizer Tom Jordan. Jones finished second to Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas in the 100 meters on Wednesday at the Grand Prix Regione Lombardia meet. Sturrup also beat Jones last Sunday at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands. In Milan, Jones said she was planning to compete in he Prefontaine before entering the US Championships, which begin on June 23. However, Jordan said he had since been informed she would not run in Eugene. Jones, who won five medals at the Sydney Olympics, has been implicated in a government investigation into illegal performance-enhancing substances at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative near San Francisco. The lab, also known as BALCO, has been linked to many prominent athletes. She denies ever having used such substances, and has never failed a drug test. Jones and boyfriend Tim Montgomery, who has also been implicated in the doping scandal, competed in the Prefontaine last year. Jones finished fifth behind winner Inger Miller in the women's 100 and won the long jump. Miller is back in the field for this year's Prefontaine, meet organizers announced on Thursday. Olympic 100-meters gold medalist Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus, and silver medalist Lauryn Williams are also scheduled to compete. (AP)



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