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Marion Jones

Full name: Marion Lois Jones (-Hunter, -Montgomery, -Thompson)
Nickname(s): Marryin'
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 12, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Nike, Beaverton (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Obadele Thompson; Wife (divorced) of C. J. Hunter; Wife (divorced) of Tim Montgomery.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Marion Jones has known the best and the worst that the Olympic world offers. She first came to prominence as a high school sprint star in the early 90s. She narrowly missed making the 1992 U.S. Olympic team in the individual sprints as a high school senior, and she declined a place on the relay team. She then attended the University of North Carolina, where she starred as a point guard on the basketball team, and led the team to the NCAA Women's Championship in 1994. She ran no international track while in college but returned to star at the 1997 World Championships when she won gold medals in the 100 meters and 4×100 metres relay. In 1998, she won 34 individual events, losing only a late season long jump competition. At the 1999 World Championships, she defended her title at 100 meters, but was injured in attempting to win the 200. Jones set herself the goal of winning five gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games. She succeeded in winning five medals, three of them gold. The golds came in the 100, 200, and 4×400 metres relay, while she earned bronze medals in the long jump and 4×100 relay. She continued to compete after 2000, though never as successfully.

Though she never tested positive in any drug test, she was hounded by rumors of doping after the Sydney Olympics. The rumors were exacerbated by her marriage to two athletes (C. J. Hunter and Tim Montgomery) who had both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). In October 2007, after the fall-out of the BALCO investigation in the United States, Marion Jones confessed that she had lied to a grand jury when she stated that she had never taken PEDs. She was sentenced to six-months in jail for perjury and began serving that sentence in March 2008. In December 2007, the IOC removed all of her Olympic medals and vacated her performances.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.65 (1998); 200 – 21.62 (1998); 400 – 49.59 (2000); LJ – 7.31 (1998).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA AC r4/4
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA AC r4/4
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA [3]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA AC r2/2
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA AC
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA AC

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final AC [1] DQ [10.87] [0.189] 5
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two AC [1] QU/DQ [11.01] [0.192] 5
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two AC [1] QU/DQ [10.83] [0.215] 3
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat Six AC [1] QU/DQ [11.20] [0.165] 5

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final AC [1] DQ [21.84] [0.174] 4
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One AC [1] QU/DQ [22.40] [0.233] 5
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two AC [2] QU/DQ [22.50] [0.221] 5
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat One AC [1] QU/DQ [22.75] [0.225] 5

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States USA Final AC [3] DQ [42.20] 6
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States USA Final AC DNF/DQ 5
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One AC QU/DQ [41.67] 1

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States USA Final AC [1] DQ [3:22.62] 49,46

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round AC [3] DQ [6.92]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round One AC [NP] DQ [foul]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round Two AC [4] DQ [6.68] [6.68]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round Three AC [3] DQ [6.92] [6.92] [6.68]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round Four AC [3] DQ [foul] [6.92] [6.68]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round Five AC [3] DQ [foul] [6.92] [6.68]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Final Round Round Six AC [NP] DQ [foul]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Qualifying Round AC [3] DQ/QU [6.78]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B AC [2] DQ/QU [6.78]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One AC [2] DQ [6.78]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two AC [2] DQ [pass] [6.78]
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three AC [NP] DQ [pass]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round AC DQ [6.85w]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round One AC DQ [foul]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round Two AC DQ [6.85w] [6.85w]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round Three AC DQ [6.82] [6.85]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round Four AC DQ [6.73] [6.85]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round Five AC DQ [foul] [6.85]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Final Round Round Six AC DQ [6.63] [6.85]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Qualifying Round AC QU/DQ [6.70]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A AC QU/DQ [6.70]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One AC DQ [foul]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two AC DQ [6.70] [6.70]
2004 Summer 28 Athina Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three AC DQ [pass] [6.70]
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