Women’s 100 metres
With her decisive victory over Zhanna PINTUSEVICH-BLOCK in Paris Marion JONES confirmed she is on schedule to win her third consecutive world 100m title and extend her four year undefeated streak which includes 40 plus finals. Her time of 10.84 was 0.12 seconds ahead of the Ukrainian. And like her colleague Maurice GREENE she raced sparingly at the US trials winning the 200m title and skipping the 100m. Her form in Europe has been superb, nonetheless.
The Bahamian star, Chandra STURRUP, has also impressed finishing ahead of PINTUSEVICH-BLOCK in Lausanne and just one hundredth of a second behind JONES. She also has run 10.99 this season. STURRUP is a training partner of JONES under coach Trevor GRAHAM.
The 29 year-old won the world indoor title at 60m in Lisbon this past March and has championship experience going back to the 1996 Olympics when she finished fourth in the 100m. A year ago she was a member of the gold medal sprint relay team from the Bahamas. Another member of that team, Debbie FERGUSON, has also run some fast times finishing second to Chryste GAINES in Monaco (11.06).
JONES has been a vocal supporter of these world championships participating in some promotional appearances earlier in the season and she is fully capable of pulling off the unprecedented triple. Although she doesn't possess the best start among the world class sprinters she is unmatched for top speed and usually moves to the front in the last 60.
The fight for silver and bronze will likely be between PINTUSEVICH-BLOCK, STURRUP, Myriam Leonie MANI – a surprise from Cameroon with a 10.98 personal best this year – and Chryste GAINES the U.S. trials' winner. GAINES won against a depleted field in Monaco (most of the top sprinters had already called off their pre-championship campaign) recording her fastest time of the season at 10.98 seconds.