14 JAN 2004 General News UPDATE

Jones return - UPDATE

Marion Jones in action in the Women's 100m World Cup race (Getty Images)Marion Jones in action in the Women's 100m World Cup race (Getty Images) © Copyright

 Further to yesterday's news that Marion Jones will make her European return to competition in Birmingham on 20 February, her representative Charlie Wells has now also confirmed that the triple Olympic gold medallist will first return to competition on 6 February in New York's Millrose Games.

There had been speculation earlier in the week about Jones' participation in New York which Wells had initially been unwilling to officially confirm but his statement last night to AFP put the news beyond doubt.

"The deal is done (for New York) and yes she'll double 60m and Long Jump in Birmingham." Wells said that he was also negotiating for Jones' boyfriend and World 100 metres record holder Tim Montgomery to compete in Birmingham.

Original story follows...

13 January 2004 - London, UK- Olympic 100m and 200m champion Marion Jones will make her return to European track action at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham, England on February 20.

The American will take part in the 60m dash and her first ever indoor Long Jump competition at the National Indoor Arena as she begins her build up to the Olympic Games in August.

Jones has not competed since winning at the IAAF World Cup 100m in Madrid in September 2002, ending an unbeaten season which saw her share the Golden League Jackpot.

In June 2003 she gave birth to a baby boy Tim, the son of world 100m record holder Tim Montgomery.

"After a year out of competition having a baby, I feel it is important to get back onto the track at the earliest opportunity," said Jones. "I always enjoy competing in the UK and the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham suits my Athens preparations perfectly."

Jones won a record five medals in the 2000 Olympics including three golds but has yet to confirm which events she will contest in Athens this summer.

The meeting in Birmingham on 20 February has already announced the participation of reigning Olympic champions Maria Mutola and Haile Gebrselassie.

NB. There was speculation yesterday that Jones would make her first competitive appearance of the year at the New York Millrose Games (6 Feb) but her manager Charlie Wells later told AFP that arrangements had not been concluded, saying "it's not confirmed yet. I'm working on some details."