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Jones `B` test `in next few days`

28 August 2006

Former triple Olympic champion Marion Jones will have her 'B' sample tested this week, according to her lawyer.

The American's initial sample tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO) in June.

If the second sample is also positive, the 30-year-old Jones faces a two-year ban from the sport, although she can appeal to an arbitration hearing.

"It is going to be done the second half of this week," said Howard Jacobs, her general counsel, on Monday.

Jacobs said the second test would be conducted at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in Los Angeles.

Jones has repeatedly denied taking performance-enhancing substances and had never previously failed a doping test.

She had been under scrutiny by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in connection with the Balco laboratory doping scandal but has never been charged with a doping offence.

Jacobs has represented a number of US athletes in anti-doping cases, including Tim Montgomery, a former partner of Jones.

Montgomery was banned from the sport for two years based on evidence from the Balco scandal and his 2002 world record time of 9.78 seconds for the 100 metres was expunged.

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