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Marion Jones

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Marion Jones (born October 12, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) was an American athlete of half Belizean and half African American descent. She is the winner of five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She holds dual citizenship from the USA and Belize (her mother's home country). Jones is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jones recently admitted to having taken steroids before the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. This may result in the loss of her 3 gold and 2 bronze 2000 Olympic medals. On October 5, 2007, she plead guilty to lying to federal investigators in the BALCO steroid investigation at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains).

On 28 June 2003, Marion Jones gave birth to a son, Tim Montgomery Jr., with then boyfriend Tim Montgomery. Montgomery had broken the 100 m World Record in 2002. Because of her pregnancy, Jones missed the 2003 World Championships, but spent a year preparing for the 2004 Olympics. Montgomery was banned from the sport (and his record rescinded) after admitting to the use of performance enhancing drugs.

On 24 February 2007, she married Barbadian sprinter Obadele Thompson in a small quiet ceremony in the rural North Carolina town of Wilson's Mills . Thompson won the 100m bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The couple is currently expecting their first child.

In years to come, her victories were tainted by rumors that Jones was using performance-enhancing drugs at the time. Her ex-husband C.J. Hunter, an Olympic shot-putter and confessed steroid user, testified under oath that he had seen her inject drugs into her stomach in the Olympic Village in Sydney, and her coach Trevor Graham was involved in a major drug scandal that broke in 2005, which implicated baseball player Barry Bonds, sprinters Tim Montgomery (Jones's former partner, and the father of her child), Chryste Gaines, Kelli White, and others, many of whom admitted to using illegal drugs while competing. Jones has continually denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

A dominant force in women's sprinting, Jones was upset in the 100 meter sprint at the 2001 World Championships, as Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block beat her for her first loss in the event in six years. Jones, however, did claim the gold in both the 200m and 4 x 100m.

On July 8, 2006, Jones won the 100 meter dash at Gaz de France with a 10.93. It was her fastest time in almost four years.

Allegedly, Jones stopped receiving services from BALCO when her trainer became upset with Conte. Jones has never failed a drug test using the then-existing testing procedures - and insufficient evidence was found to bring charges regarding other untested performance enhancing drugs.

In July 2006, Marion Jones was linked to an alleged check-counterfeiting scheme that led to criminal charges against her coach and ex-boyfriend Montgomery. Documents showed that a $25,000 check made out to Jones was deposited in her bank account as part of the alleged multimillion-dollar scheme. Prosecutors allege that funds were sent to Jones' track coach, Steven Riddick, in Virginia, then funneled back to New York through a network of "friends, relatives and associates." Riddick was arrested in February on money-laundering charges. According to the indictment and subsequent documents filed with the court, the link to Jones was made through one of Riddick's business partners, Nathaniel Alexander.



 


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