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  • Marion Jones:"Ecstatic" Over Negative Drug Test


    09/07/06

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/marionjones_summary.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B></B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) Sprinter Marion Jones says "I am absolutely ecstatic" that a "B" sample test for EPO has returned negative results. <BR><BR>"I have always maintained that I have never ever taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I am pleased that a scientific process has now demonstrated that fact," she said in a statement released by her attorney.<BR><BR>Jones tested positive for erythropoietin on June 23 while she was competing at the U.S. championships. The "B" sample analysis was conducted this week at the same Los Angeles laboratory that examined the sample in June. <BR><BR>Jones had faced a two-year ban if the "B" sample had tested positive for EPO. <BR><BR>Jones, 30, who won five medals at the Sydney Olympics, has since then repeatedly denied she has used performance-enhancing drugs. <BR><BR>The accusations were due in part to personal associations. Ex-husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter, as well sprinter Tim Montgomery, her former boyfriend and father of the couple's child, have both been convicted of doping offenses. <BR><BR>The test for EPO using urine samples has proved to <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/montgomeryandjones.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Jones with Tim Montgmery.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>be less than reliable. There are reports that positive EPO tests for some triathletes in the past year have been turned back following "B" sample analysis. <BR><BR>"The scientific part of the testing protocols worked, but it is unfortunate that because of the leak of the "A" sample results, Marion was wrongfully accused of a doping violation and her reputation was unfairly questioned," said Howard Jacobs, an attorney for Jones.<BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.</B>