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Last Updated: Friday, 16 July, 2004, 02:59 GMT 03:59 UK
Jones secures Olympics spot
Marion Jones
Jones books her long jump place
Marion Jones will compete in this summer's Olympic Games after winning the long jump competition at the US Olympic trials on Thursday.

The double Olympic sprint champion produced a leap of 7.11m - well beyond the qualifying standard of 6.70m - to book her place on the US squad.

Jones won a bronze medal in the long jump in Sydney four years ago.

"I think I had just a little bit of motivation," Jones said. "It feels really good and I had fun out there."

The 28-year-old did not qualify to defend her 100m title in Athens after finishing a disappointing fifth in the trials.

But Jones could still feature on the track as she is attempting to qualify for the 200m in which she is also Olympic champion.

The 200m quarter-finals take place in Sacramento on Friday.

And she still has an outside chance of making the 100m team if Torri Edwards is suspended following a failed drugs test and first reserve Gail Devers opts for the 110m hurdles instead.

However, Jones' performance proved that the long jump is by no means a compensation event for her - she could be a contender for gold.

Her effort was the second-longest jump in the world this year behind Jamaica's Elva Goulbourne.

It was also the best effort by an American since her own leap of 7.13m at the 1998 Grand Prix in Moscow.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Wariner ran the best time in the world this year on his way to winning the men's 400m.

The 20-year-old clocked 44.37 seconds to book his place in Athens along with Otis Harris and Derrik Brew.





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