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Jones finishes behind Sturrup again

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Marion Jones finished fourth behind
Chandra Sturrup and two others in the 100 meters at the Galatletica
competition Saturday.

The three-time Olympic champion finished in a poky 11.40 seconds
and was beaten by the Bahamas' Sturrup (11.14) for the third time
this year. Jones lost the 100 to her at a meet in Italy last week
and one in the Netherlands last month.

After Sturrup on Saturday were Americans Lauryn Williams (11.30)
and Muna Lee (11.39).

"I will go back home and train for two weeks and try to
pull off a long shot in U.S. nationals," said Jones, who won
gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and 4x400 meters relay at
the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She is scheduled to compete in the 100 and 200 meters at
the U.S. championships, which will decide the American team for
August's world championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Jones' boyfriend, Tim Montgomery, finished fifth out of six in
the 100 meters with a time of 10.43 seconds. American J.J. Johnson
won in 10.18 seconds.

Toby Stevenson set a North American record in winning the pole
vault at 19 feet, 4ΒΌ inches.

Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin won the 200 in a time
of with a time of 20.00 seconds. J.J. Johnson of the United States
came in second with 20.30.

Mexican star Ana Guevara was edged out in the 400 by Tonique
Williams-Darling of the Bahamas. Williams-Darling's finish in 49.85
was a world best in the even this year. Guevara finished in 50.05.

Jones has been under a cloud of suspicion based on Bay Area
Laboratory Co-Operative grand jury transcripts that were leaked to
the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as public accusations against
her by BALCO founder Victor Conte and others.

Although she has never failed a doping test and denies ever
using performance-enhancing substances, Jones has been shunned by
many meet organizers.

Montgomery, who set the 100-meter world record in 2002, has
never tested positive for a banned substance. Still, the United
States Anti-Doping Agency is seeking to ban him from competition
based on secret documents the U.S. Senate obtained last year from
the BALCO investigation and then forwarded to the doping agency.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.