Marion Jones

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Marion Jones Biography

Marion Jones born on October 12, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, is an American athlete, winner of five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She holds dual citizenship from the USA and Belize (where her family is from) and she marks her victories with the flags of both nations. Excelling in both basketball and athletics (she was a participant in the 1992 World Junior Championships), Jones focused on basketball, playing on the North Carolina team that won the NCAA Women's Championship in 1994. When Jones lost a spot on the 1996 Olympic team because of an injury, she decided to concentrate on athletics. She immediately won her first major international championships, becoming the 100 metre World Champion in Athens in 1997, while finishing 10th in the long jump. At the 1999 World Championships, Jones attempted to win four titles, but injured herself in the 200 m after a gold in the 100 m and a long jump bronze. Off the track, Jones married shot putter C.J. Hunter, who was a coach on the University of North Carolina track team, in 1998. Hunter was required to resign his position at UNC because of school rules that prohibited coach-athlete dating. She won both the 100 m and 200 m with remarkable ease, but placed third in the long jump to Heike Drechsler, in an event where she had the necessary speed but lacked technique. The two relay events yielded her two more medals, but only one gold. The Bahamas and Jamaica both beat the American team in the 4 x 100 m, but the American victory in the 4 x 400 m was comfortable. Her husband was banned from the same Olympics after having tested positive for nandrolone. They divorced a year later. A dominant force in women's sprinting, Jones was upset in the 100 m at the 2001 World Championships, as Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block beat her in the 100 m, her first loss in the event in years. In the 200 m and 4 x 100 m, Jones did win the gold. In 2003, Marion Jones gave birth to a son, Tim Jr., named after his father Tim Montgomery, who broke 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. On her 2004 Olympics experience, she came in fifth in the long jump and competed in the women's 4 x 100m relay where they swept past the competition in the preleminaries only to miss a baton pass in the final race. Jones promised that her latest defeat is not the end of her Olympic efforts.

Marion Jones Trivia

  • First female track & field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympic Games (2000)
  • Three-time 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist (100m, 200m, and 4x400m)
  • Two-time 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist (Long Jump and 4x100m)
  • Two-time World Champion – 100m (1997, 1999)
  • Two-time World Champion – 4x100m (1997, 2001)
  • World Cup Gold Medalist, 100m (2002)
  • World Champion, 200m (2001)
  • World Bronze Medalist Winner, Long Jump (1999)
  • 12-time U.S. Outdoor Champion (3 in Long Jump, 4 in 100m, 5 in 200m)
  • Named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, ESPN, Reuters, and the IAAF (2000)
  • Ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News at 100m and 200m for six consecutive years (1997-2002)
  • Three-time USATF Jesse Owens Award Winner (1997, 1998, 2002)
  • Awarded Track & Field News’ Athlete of the Year (1998)
  • Became the first U.S. woman to be ranked #1 simultaneously in three different events: 100m, 200m, and the long jump (1998)
  • Helped North Carolina win an NCAA women’s basketball title in her first year of college play
  • Won the 100m and 200m at the California State High School Meet four straight years (1990-1993)
  • Received the Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award for the third straight year. Jones is the only athlete to win this award more than once (1993)
  • Named female high school athlete of the year by Track & Field News (1991)


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