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Jones back with fast time, Powell failed to break record in Paris

9 July 2006

Marion Jones and Asafa Powell (Image of Sport) Marion Jones and Asafa Powell (Image of Sport)
Marion Jones is still winning, and she's getting faster.

Jones ran her fastest time in nearly four years, winning the 100 meters in 10.93 seconds Saturday at the Gaz de France meet. It was her best performance since giving birth to her son in June 2003.

The 2000 Olympics triple gold medalist ran away from Sherone Simpson and Torri Edwards in the last 30 meters to clock the second-best time of 2006. The only faster time this season is 10.82 by Jamaica's Simpson.

Jones, who has struggled with injuries and doping accusations in recent years, has a career best of 10.65 set in 1998. Her time of 10.93 on Saturday was her best since the summer of 2002, when she had several races under 10.90 -- including a best of 10.84 at Monaco.

Jones, who won the U.S. championship last month and now has five victories in seven meets this season, got an enthusiastic reception from the Paris crowd.

"I am very excited to be back and to get a victory," she said. "I am just so happy with all the fans that supported me, and I hope that I didn't disappoint anyone."

World record holder Asafa Powell won the men's 100 meters but failed in his attempt to break his own world record.

The Jamaican shares the world record with Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, and had vowed to improve the 9.77 mark at the Stade de France. He won comfortably in 9.86.

Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.06, the fastest time of 2006. Trammell and fellow American Dominique Arnold dominated the race, leaving French favorite and world champion Ladji Doucoure behind. Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China never recovered from a poor start and finished fourth, behind Cuba's Dayron Robles.

Jeremy Wariner showed no sign of letting his domination of the 400 meters slip. The crowd roared on France's Marc Raquil and Leslie Djhone, but the Olympic and world champion had the race tied up coming off the last bend and improved his own world best this year with a time of 43.91.

"This is my first visit to Paris and I enjoyed it. The crowd is great and it was like being in an Olympic final," Wariner said. "I felt easy, confident smooth, I had a great finish but I didn't want to give everything because I have another race in Rome next week.

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