American Marion Jones ratified that she is one of the favourites to win the 100
meters, by taking home the fourth heat of the quarterfinals, clocking 10.76 (wind +0.3), a
new championship record, and a world season's best. Three more athletes clocked inside 11
seconds. Ekaterini Thanou won the first heat and bettered the Greek record with 10.86, the
same time than American Inger Miller, who was first in the second heat. The silver
medallist in Athens'97, Zhanna Tarnopolskaya-Pintusevich followed Miller with 10.94, while
the French Christine Arron won the remaining race in 11.00. Former European record holder
Irina Privalova (RUS) did not start her heat.