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Jones unbeaten in 100

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2001

NICE, France -- Marion Jones broke swiftly and won the 100-meter dash at the Nikaia Grand Prix on Monday though a swirling wind kept her from posting a fast time.

Usually slow out of the blocks, the triple Olympic champion surged ahead at the gun, immediately taking charge and cruising home to win in 11.25 seconds, considerably slower than the 10.84 she ran in Paris on Friday.

That time was the fastest of the season.

''The wind was too strong, that explains the slow time,'' said Jones, who is unbeaten in the 100 meters since 1997.

This was the fourth race in 10 days for Jones, who won three golds and two bronze medals at the Sydney Olympics last year.

Tim Montgomery of the United States won the men's 100 in 10.18.

U.S. Olympic champion Stacy Dragila won the women's pole vault by clearing 15-2.

In the first race of the meet, Justyna Bak of Poland shattered the world mark in the women's 3,000 steeplechase, covering the distance in 9 minutes, 25.31 seconds.

Bak slashed nearly 15 seconds off the old record of 9:40.20, set by Romania's Cristina Iloc-Casandra on Aug. 30, 2000, in Reims, France.

The Romanian finished fifth in Monday's race, with a time of 9:55.74.

Irene Limika of Kenya, second in 9:39.51, also ran faster than the old record.

The steeplechase is a relatively new event for women; the IAAF recognized the first world record on July, 31, 1999.

The men's 3,000 steeplechase was won by Wilson Boit Kipketer of Kenya, who lowered his season best to 8:05.78.



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