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Jones fails to qualify for Olympic team in 100m

AP , SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Marion Jones after the last 100m heat during the US Olympic trials at the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Complex in Sacramento, California, Saturday.

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Marion Jones failed to qualify for the US Olympic team in the 100m Saturday night, losing out on a chance to defend her gold medal in her signature event at the Athens Games.

Jones started quickly but seemed to struggle as the race progressed and finished fifth in the final at the US Olympic trials. The top three finishers automatically make the team.

Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, still can make the Olympic team if she qualifies in the 200m or long jump.

The defeat comes at a difficult time for perhaps the biggest US Olympic star. She is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, although she has repeatedly denied using drugs and has not been charged by USADA.

LaTasha Colander won the final in 10.97 seconds, second fastest in the world this year. World champion Torri Edwards was second in 11.02 and NCAA champion Lauryn Williams took the third Olympic spot in 11.10.

Gail Devers, a two-time Olympic champion in the 100m, was fourth in 11.11, followed by Jones in 11.14.

The fastest time in the men's 100m quarterfinals was 10.00 by Shawn Crawford, followed by John Capel in 10.01. Third fastest was reigning Olympic champ Maurice Greene (10.06), who is back in top form after two years of lackluster results.

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