AUSTIN (Texas): Sprint world record holder Tim Montgomery has been told by the US Anti-Doping Agency he may have committed drug violations that could bar him from the Athens Olympics.
Tim Montgomery, the record holder at 100m, is among four US athletes to receive letters informing them of the possible cases against them.
Marion Jones, winner of five medals - three of them gold - at the Sydney Olympics, was not among those notified.
But a representative for Jones, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the USADA sent a letter to the sprinter's attorneys on Tuesday asking some follow-up questions.
"USADA asked us the same questions they asked us during our previous May 24 meeting with them,'' the representative said. "We're more than happy to answer the questions that we have knowledge of, but find this to be very puzzling as we have already answered the questions.''
USADA spokesman Rich Wanninger said on Wednesday he could not comment on the Jones case.
Jones, who is Montgomery's girlfriend and mother of their child, also issued a statement about Montgomery. Jones competed on Tuesday at an athletics meet in the Czech Republic, placing third in the long jump.
"Tim Montgomery is a good person, a great athlete and an even better father,'' Jones' statement said. "I support him and believe in him and I have no doubt that if a fair process is applied that Tim will be racing for gold in Athens this August.''
A source within the US Olympic movement, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, identified the other three athletes who received USADA letters as Alvin Harrison, an Olympic silver medalist in the 400m, and sprinters Chryste Gaines and Michelle Collins. Gaines is a two-time Olympic medallist in the 400m relay and Collins was the 2003 world indoor champion in the 200.
The letters to Montgomery and the other three are the first formal step in USADA's attempt to punish athletes based on documentary evidence instead of a positive drug test. If found to have committed the offence, the athletes would face a two-year ban. AP