American sprint queen Marion Jones got off to a winning start in her build-up to the Olympics with an easy victory in the women's 100-meter at the IAAF Japan Grand Prix Saturday.
Jones, running her first 100-meter race of the season at the opener of the 10-round Grand Prix series, clocked 10.84 seconds to beat Bahamas' Chandra Sturrup and Savatheda Fynes and hopes to win an historic five gold medals at Sydney's September Olympics.
The 24-year-old world 100-meter champion and long-jump bronze medallist already has run a world-leading 49.59 seconds in the 400 meters, since back spasms caused her to collapse in agony in the world championships 200m semifinals at Seville last August.
She also anchored an American women's 800-meter relay team to a world-record 1:27.46.
"I felt good," said Jones through the Associated Press, "it was one of those races that I just want to get the first place out of the way. I just wanted to go out there and execute my race."
"Technically I don't think it was great. I definitely need to go back and work out something, but that keeps me very hopeful, I mean that 10.70 shape if I run technically a much better race" - (Several Sources).
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