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Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK

Jones blazes to 100m gold

Marion Jones: "I nailed my start today"

Marion Jones set the fastest time this year as she successfully defended her 100m title at the World Championships in Seville.

Marion Jones: "I'm excited"
The 23-year-old, who is undefeated in the 100m since 1997, said: "I nailed my start today. That was perhaps the reason that I pulled off the victory.

"I put it all together today and executed my race."

Inger Miller of the US won silver in 10.79 secs and Ekaterini Thanou of Greece claimed bronze.

Holmes out

Jones also set a new championship record of 10.70 secs - 0.06 secs faster than her old mark - as her massive husband CJ Hunter cheered her from the stands.

The BBC's Mike Costello reports on Marion Jones' continuing quest for four gold medals
Hunter claimed the gold in Saturday's shot putt event.

The hotly-tipped American athlete has now completed the first leg of her attempt to win an unprecedented four world golds, in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.

Jones's continued form is all the more amazing considering she was nearly lost to professional basketball.

But two broken legs - one of which required a permanent metal screw - turned her back to sprinting in 1996.

[ image: Kelly Holmes: Struggled in the 800m semi-finals]
Kelly Holmes: Struggled in the 800m semi-finals
Meanwhile, there was disappointment for one of the stalwarts of the British team in recent years, as Kelly Holmes failed to make the 800m final.

Holmes, who opted for the two-lap event instead of the 1500m because of fears over her staying power after injury, missed out as she faded in the final metres of her semi-final.

The 23-year-old, who won silver and bronze at the 1995 worlds before seeing her career hampered by injury problems, slipped to fourth with the finish line begging and was unable to make it through as one of the fastest losers.

But there were no qualification problems for world indoor triple jump champion Ashia Hansen.

The British challenger easily bettered the qualifying mark with a first round jump of 14.28m to reach Tuesday's final.

Birchfield's Katharine Merry, coached by Linford Christie, comfortably won her first round heat in the 400m.

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