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Burrell stuns Jones in women's long jump

Burrell stuns Jones in women's long jump
By Gene Cherry

26 June 1999 – Eugene, Oregon - Dawn Burrell derailed Marion Jones's bid for a perfect season by overtaking the slightly injured superstar for a stunning victory in the women's long jump at the U.S. championships on Friday. Burrell, younger sister of former 100 meters world record holder Leroy Burrell, soared 6.96m on her fifth attempt, and Jones, the world's top-ranked women’s jumper who slightly sprained her right knee two weeks ago, could not regain the lead.

Jones still made the American world championships team with her second place finish of 6.78m.

Jones, who fouled once and passed twice to protect the knee, said she still hoped to win four gold medals at August’s world championships in Seville, Spain.

"I'm not going to put anything off on the knee," said Jones, who will compete in the women's 200 meters here Saturday and Sunday. "I woke up this morning and it felt good. Obviously I would love to go through the whole season undefeated, but there are no excuses for today. I need to work on it."

The surprising evening also produced an emotional triumph by veteran Dennis Mitchell in the men's 100 meters and the return of former two-time Olympic champion Gail Devers, who finished second in the women's 100 meters behind Inger Miller.

The 33 year-old Mitchell won the men's race in a wind-assisted 9.97. Brian Lewis and Tim Montgomery both clocked 10.00 seconds to make the American team for Seville.

"In all reality, this could be my last national championship," Mitchell said. "Things have to be taken day-by day. I don't know if I will be running in Seville."

Miller ran a wind-assisted 10.96 seconds to win the women's 100m. Devers, the 92 and 96 Olympic champion who was running her first final in more than a year, finished second in 10.97. Angela Williams, 98 world junior silver medallist was third in 11.03.

Olympic champion Charles Austin easily won the men's high jump, clearing 2.28m, and U.S. record holder Lance Deal dominated the men's hammer with a throw of 80.35m.

Adam Goucher edged veteran Bob Kennedy for the 5,000m title, his time of 13 minutes 25.59 seconds winning by 1.26 seconds. Connie Price-Smith won the shot put with a best of 18.86m and Stacey Bowers captured the triple jump with a leap of 13.66m.

Chris Huffins scored 8,350 points to win the decathlon and Shelia Burrell won the heptathlon with 6,101 points as world indoor pentathlon champion DeDee Nathan missed her stated goal of finishing in the top three and automatically qualifying for the world championships.

Nathan, who failed to clear a height in the high jump Thursday, scored 5,318 points in the other six events and placed eighth. She can still make the world championship team if a third American does not score more than 6,000 points, the world qualifying standard.

Leading Results
Results of finals on the second day of the U.S. athletics championships on Friday
Top three finishers qualify for the U.S. team for August's world championships if they meet the qualifying standard

100 m (+2.3 m/s): 1. Dennis Mitchell 9.97m; 2. Brian Lewis 10.00; 3. Tim Montgomery 10.00; 4. Tim Harden 10.01; 5. Jon Drummond 10.04; 6. Tony McCall 10.09; 7. Bernard Williams 10.13; 8. Curtis Johnson 10.32
5000 m: 1. Adan Goucher 13:25.59; 2. Bob Kennedy 13:26.85; 3. Daniel Browne 13:36.64
High jump: 1. Charles Austin 2.28m; 2. Henry Patterson 2.25m; 3. Charles Clinger 2.25m
Hammer throw: 1. Lance Deal 80.35m; 2. Kevin McMahon 74.99m; 3. Jud Logan 73.11m
Decathlon: 1. Chris Huffins 8.350 points; 2. Tom Pappas 8.187; 3. Dan Steele 7.938

100 m (+2.5 m/s): 1. Inger Miller 10.96; 2. Gail Devers 10.97; 3, Angela Williams 11.03; 4. Torri Edwards 11.05; 5. Cheryl Taplin 11.17; 6. Carlette Guidry 11.18; 7. Nanceen Perry 11.26; 8. Passion Richardson 11.27
Long jump: 1. Burrell 6,96 m; 2. Marion Jones 6,78m; 3. Shana Williams 6,71m
Triple jump: 1. Stacey Bowers 13.66m; 2. Tiombe Hurd 13.52m; 3. Cynthea Rhodes 13.33m
Shot put: 1. Connie Price-Smith 18.86m; 2. Teri Tunks 18.80m; 3. Tressa Thompson 18.72m
Heptathlon: 1. Shelia Burrell 6,101 points; 2. Tiffany Lott-Hogan 6,026; 3. Nicole Haynes 5,720