Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 22:20 GMT 23:20 UK
A sprint too far for Jones
Jones: Pulled up in agony in 200m semi-final
American sprint queen Marion Jones' bid for a world championship sprint double ended in disaster when she pulled up in agony in the middle of her 200m semi-final and collapsed on the track.
Her husband CJ Hunter, who was watching from the stands, dashed down onto the track and walked in front of the stretcher as she was taken for treatment.
She grimaced in pain, put her left hand to the small of her back and stopped before falling prostrate with the finish line in her sights.
She was later being examined by two United States team doctors.
Fellow sprinter Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas said Jones looked uncomfortable before the start of the race.
"I could see she was in trouble before we got down on the blocks. She was rubbing her back," she said.
Jones had come here with a target of a record breaking four gold medals - 100m, 200m, long jump and relay - but that was shattered when she could only manage a bronze in the long jump on Monday.
It remains to be seen whether she will recover in time to compete in the relay.
Cuba's Daimi Pernia, sister-in-law of 1995 and 1997 800m world champion Ana Fidelia Quirot, ran the fastest race of her life to win the 400m hurdles title.
The 23-year-old, who dedicated her win to both Quirot and to Cuba's high jump world recordholder Javier Sotomayor who tested positive for cocaine at the recent Pan American Games, had never run faster than 53.44 seconds but her 52.89 gave her victory over defending champion Nezha Bidouane of Morocco by one hundredth of a second.
In a dramatic dash to the line the 22-year-old produced a devastating burst of speed to come back and edge the 29-year-old Moroccan, who thought she had won but burst into tears when she realised she would have to settle for silver.
Deon Hemmings of Jamaica, the 1996 Olympic champion and silver medallist in the 1997 world championship in Athens, took the bronze in 53.16secs, just as she did in Gothenburg in 1995.
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