American Marion Jones, who intends to sieze five athletics gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, failed to beat her own long jump training partner in a meet practically in her backyard.
Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas upset Jones in the long-jump in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday at the IAAF Grand Prix Invitational, winning with a leap of 6.68m to a best of 6.55m for runner-up Jones, well off her personal best of 7.29m.
Sturrup also won the 100m in 11.09 seconds. Jones did not compete in the event, although she is aiming for gold in the 100m, 200m, long jump and two relays in September at Sydney.
"I have had problems in the long jump and heard my share of criticism, but I still feel very confident," Jones said. "I'm still the same person who jumped in 1998. Nothing has changed. I just have to get a little more confident in my jumping and things will fall into place."
Jones fouled on her final jump.
"I had already given everything I had before that last jump," Jones said. "I was dead. This is going to motivate me to keep on keeping at it."
Jones' husband, shot put world champion CJ Hunter, won his specialty with a 2000 world-best effort of 21.84m.
Sturrup, who has not long jumped in five years, will try to qualify in four Olympic events for her homeland next month - (AFP)
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