Exhausted Jones pulls out of 200m Olympic trials

SACRAMENTO (California): Exhausted Olympic champion Marion Jones pulled out of the 200m at the US track and field trials on Saturday to focus on the long jump and the relays – and perhaps even a spot in the 100m. 

“It's extremely disappointing. I'm not going to candy-coat anything,'' she said.  

“My reasoning for pulling out of the 200 today is simply because of fatigue. There's no other reason. After running my round yesterday I was simply tired, exhausted. 

“It happens. It hasn't happened in the past. I woke up this morning, I was tired,'' Jones said at a news conference. “I've always told myself that if I cannot give 100 per cent out on the track then I won't go out there.'' 

Jones' decision was not the result of an injury, a source close to Jones told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.  

She simply wants to concentrate on the other events, the source said. 

Jones won an unprecedented five track and field medals at the 2000 Sydney Games.  

But she has had mostly disappointing performances this season, a year after giving birth to a son, and she has been under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. 

She has repeatedly denied she has ever used performance-enhancing substances. 

As of now, Jones will not be defending either of her Olympic sprint titles at the Athens Games. But there's still a chance she could make the 100 team, for which she failed to qualify during the Olympic trials. 

A change in the 100m squad is possible because of a drug case involving Torri Edwards, who finished second in the trials.  

If she loses her arbitration hearing set for today and is banned for two years for using a stimulant, she would lose her place on the team. 

That would move the fourth-place finisher at the trials, Gail Devers, onto the team.  

But Devers, who already has won two Olympic 100m titles, has always wanted to win a hurdles title and could skip the 100m to focus on the hurdles. In that case, the fifth-place finisher – Jones – would make the team. – AP  

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