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Agent: Marion Jones to race in Europe this season

20 May 2006

Former American Olympic sprint queen Marion Jones will compete in European this summer her manager said on Friday.

Jones is already scheduled to compete at Hengelo and Brussels after a successful 100 metre season debut last weekend in Mexico.

"She will have her first European race at Hengelo (on May 28) and at least one other at Brussels (on August 25)," said manager Charles Wells.

At the meeting in Mexico, she recorded an impressive time of 11.06 seconds, the third fastest in the world for this campaign and after several poor performances since been tied with BALCO doping scandal, she wants to run "as many European races as possible," adding that there are also plans to pick up a few more meeting along the way.

"We are also holding discussions with Ostrava (May 30), Athens (July 3) and the Golden League meet in Paris (July 8)," Wells added.

In the meantime, organisers at the FBK meet in the Netherlands said Jones is delighted at racing in Hengelo in an attempt to prove her worth at the highest level of competition once again.

"Marion Jones was very enthusiastic about her time in Veracruz, and so we jumped in immediately to ask her to come here," said Ellen van Langen, publicist for the May 28 meet in Hengelo. "After her good experience here last year, she wanted to run in Hengelo."

Jones, who has battled unsubstantiated doping insinuations raised by the BALCO steroid distribution investigation, was largely blackballed by the organisers of European athletics meets last season.

However, the American star has never been charged with an illegal offence and has never failed a doping test despite being under scrutiny by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). She has repeatedly denied using performance enhancing drugs.

According Wells, Jones, the triple Olympic gold medallist from the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games, will attempt to run both the 100m and 200m sprints at the June 22-25 US championships.

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