Poor fifth place by Marion Jones


EUGENE (Oregon): Marion Jones could only manage fifth place at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in her last 100m before next month's US Olympic trials. 

“I just didn't have it,” the Olympic champion told reporters.  

SLOW: Marion Jones (left) finishes the 100m race behindGail Devers during the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene,Oregon on Saturday. Devers came in second with a timeof 11.05 while Jones took fifth in 11.12. – APpic

Jones, who is under scrutiny by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in connection with the BALCO doping scandal but has not been charged with any violation, clocked 11.12, well behind winner Inger Miller. 

“I would love it if there wasn't those distractions but it is the hand I was dealt and I have to deal with it. That's what I am doing,” said Jones. 

Miller narrowly beat twice former Olympic champion Gail Devers, with both timed at 11.05. 

Jones performed better in the long jump, winning with a leap of 6.93m. 

Maurice Greene was also beaten. Shawn Crawford clocked the year's fastest 100m, 9.88s, to upset the Olympic champion, who finished runner-up in 9.93. World 200m gold medallist John Capel was third in 9.95. 

“I just couldn't catch him,” said Greene, established as the favourite to retain his title at the Athens Games in August. 

World record holder Tim Montgomery, Jones's partner, was a disappointing sixth in 10.17. 

Montgomery is one of four US athletes who have received letters from USADA alleging possible doping violations. 

Another of the four, Chryste Gaines, finished third in the women's 100m in 11.06. 

Rising talent Alan Webb ran the fastest mile in the world this year, clocking 3:50.85. It was the quickest time ever by an American on US soil. 

World champion Perdita Felicien of Canada produced the year's fastest women's 100m hurdles, 12.46, but men's 110m hurdles champion Allen Johnson was defeated by fellow American Larry Wade.  

Wade won in 13.14 with Johnson second in the same time. 

Olympic champion Stacy Dragila triumphed in the women's pole vault at 4.70m, then missed three times at a world record 4.88. 

Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, the Olympic 400m hurdles favourite, easily defeated America's best. Sanchez, the world champion, clocked 48.12 for his 36th consecutive victory. – Reuters 

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