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Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

Russian booed in victory

Jones bounces back with win in 100 meters

August 18, 2001

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— Ignoring a hostile crowd, Olga Yegorova devastated the women's 3,000-meter field Friday at the Weltklasse track meet, posting a season's best time to further inflame her rivals, still bitter about the Russian's drug-tainted victory at the World Championships.

In another fiery showdown, American Marion Jones avenged her shocking 100 meter world championship loss to Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block that snapped her four-year winning streak.

Yegorova, who breezed to gold in the 5,000 meters at the Edmonton worlds, won in 8 minutes, 23.26 seconds.

"I want to thank the public for supporting me," she said, despite the fact the crowd booed and whistled at her throughout the race.

Suspected of using EPO during a meet in Paris, Yegorova was suspended then reinstated by the IAAF, which ruled the test invalid because it checked only her urine and not her blood.

For Jones, the victory helped ease the disappointment of her Edmonton loss and kept her on course for another share of Golden League jackpot this year after victories in Rome and Paris. The 25-year-old American claimed victory in 10.94. The showdown between Jones and Pintusevich-Block failed to materialize with the Ukrainian finishing fourth.

Ali Saidi-Sief of Algeria, the Olympic and World Championship 5,000-meter silver medalist, tested positive for a banned steroid, the IAAF said.

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