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JONES Marion (1975) United States / Track and field
On the eve of the Sydney Games Marion Jones announced she would be attempting to win five gold medals and thus become the greatest athlete of all times. Having become the world champion in the 100, 200 and 4x100m on several occasions, the woman who originally came from Belize in Central America also wanted to win the long jump and join the 4x400m relay team.Having won every event she entered, it seemed Jones wouldn't have any difficulties in Sydney. In fact, she didn't encounter many. She won the 100, 200 and 4x400m relay, but failed to win the long-jump, finishing only third in both that event and the 4x100m, where the US team was beaten by the Bahamas and Jamaica.Nevertheless, her quest for medals was anything other than tranquil. Jones is married to American shot-putter C.J. Hunter, who it was discovered was not allowed to compete in Sydney because he had tested positive for anabolic steroids on several occasions in earlier competitions. The US Track and Field Association had concealed this information in order to protect Marion Jones. In fact, the athlete was not concerned, but her reputation was slightly dented.A sporting Jack-of-all-trades, Marion Jones won the intercollegiate basketball championship in 1994 when studying communications and journalism. She role was that of playmaker.
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