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Marion Jones

American athlete Marion Jones was born on October 12, 1975. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, she won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

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 100m 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 200m after a gold in the 100m and a long jump bronze.

In the 2000 Olympics, Jones won both the 100m and 200m races, and placed third in the long jump. She won another gold medal in a relay event.

At the 2001 World Championships, she won the 200m and 4x100m gold medals.

In 2003, Jones gave birth to a son, Tim Jr., named after his father Tim Montgomery, who broke the 100m World Record in 2002.



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