Marion Jones

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Marion Jones in 2006

Full name Marion Lois Jones
nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday 12th October 1975 (age 44)
place of birth Los Angeles , United States
size 178 cm
Weight 68 kg
discipline sprint
status resigned
Medal table
World championships 3 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
IAAF logo World championships
gold Athens 1997 100 m
gold Athens 1997 4 × 100 m
gold Seville 1999 100 m
bronze Seville 1999 Long jump

Marion Lois Jones (born October 12, 1975 in Los Angeles , California ) is a former American and (on her mother's side) Belizean athlete . She resigned from competitive sports in October 2007 after admitting in court that she had knowingly doped for years. After the 2000 Olympics , she was considered a five-time medalist for seven years . However, the title of Sydney was stripped of her in December 2007 by the IOC ; she had already given back the medals of her own accord.


At first, Jones operated both basketball and athletics. In 1992 she took part in the Junior World Championships in athletics. Having only just does not care about the Olympic Games qualifying in Barcelona, then focused on basketball but. She played in the Women's Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and won the championship there in 1994. When she missed qualifying for the 1996 Olympic Games due to an injury , she focused on athletics.

In her first appearance on the international stage, she became world champion in the 100-meter run at the World Athletics Championships in Athens in 1997 . At the 1999 World Championships , her attempt to win four world titles failed because she was injured in the 200-meter run; it remained a gold medal over 100 meters and a bronze medal in the long jump. In 1998, Jones married the shot putter Cottrell J. Hunter . Her husband was banned before the 2000 Olympics for testing positive for the doping agent nandrolone . The marriage ended in divorce in 2001.

2000 Summer Olympics

Jones at the 2000 Olympics

At the 2000 Olympic Games , she was the first to cross the finish line in the 100-meter run, the 200-meter run and the 4-by-400-meter relay ; in the long jump and with the 4 x 100 meter relay there was a third place each.

After her doping confession, however, she was subsequently disqualified; the medals awarded were rejected by the IOC.

At the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Jones won gold over 200 meters and with the 4 x 100 meter relay, but was beaten over 100 meters for the first time in years at a major event. Since she was doped, she had to hand over the title to the Ukrainian Schanna Block in 2007 . In 2003, Marion Jones gave birth to a son (father was her then partner Tim Montgomery ) and was therefore unable to take part in the World Championships. At the 2004 Olympic Games she took fifth place in the long jump and reached the final with the 4 x 100 meter relay. These services were also canceled by the IOC.

Doping ban 2007

In 2005, some of the organizers of the Euro Meetings decided not to allow Marion Jones to take part in their events until the allegations of possible doping against her were cleared up. Other organizers - e.g. B. the meetings in Hengelo and Milan - argued that doping allegations alone, which are not supported by evidence, are not enough to boycott an athlete. In these meetings, Marion Jones started the 100 meters.

In June 2006, Marion Jones' A sample tested positive for the doping substance erythropoietin (EPO) at the American Athletics Championships, according to press reports . However, the B sample turned out to be negative, so Jones was still considered innocent.

In October 2007, Jones first admitted the use of the doping agent tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), which she had received from her trainer Trevor Graham , as part of a preliminary investigation . In the course of criminal proceedings against her because of two false statements in the BALCO investigation , she admitted that she had taken the anabolic steroid known as "The Clear" without allegedly suspecting Graham's claim, despite the evidence, that it was merely a dietary supplement be. In contrast to information in the Washington Post , however, she initially spoke of "November 2003" in this context. After Jones admitted a few days later that she had also been doped at the time of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she returned the five medals she had won there in October 2007.

On November 23, 2007, Jones was suspended by the IAAF, the World Athletics Federation, for two years with retroactive effect to October 8, and all results since September 1, 2000 were canceled. She had to return her seven medals, as well as all awards and IAAF-related income, which is estimated at around USD 700,000. This decision was particularly hard on Jones because she had used up almost all of her fortune on legal fees. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times , in 2007 she had only 2000 euros in cash.

The IOC decided on December 12, 2007 that Jones must also return her five medals won at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4 × 400 meters (gold) as well as 4 × 100 meters and long jump (bronze) .

Since she testified twice under oath that she had never come into contact with THG, she was sentenced on January 11, 2008 to a prison term of six months. In addition, she had to do a total of 400 hours of community service over the next two years. She served her sentence between March 7th and September 5th, 2008 at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell , Fort Worth , Texas .

In 2010 she returned to competitive sports and took her basketball career again by in the WNBA - Franchise Tulsa Shock signed. On May 15 of that year, she played her first competitive game. In 2011 she was released during the season.


Jones has been married to Barbadian sprinter Obadele Thompson since February 2007 . The two have two children together.

Marion Jones had a competition weight of 68 kg with a height of 1.78 m.


Top performances


Web links

Commons : Marion Jones  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. The betrayed sport . Munich 2007, p. 145
  2. ^ IOC: Highlights of last IOC Executive Board meeting of the year , December 12, 2007
  3. Washington Post : M. Jones Failed Drug Test in June , August 19, 2006.
  4. Spiegel Online : Suspected doping: B-sample relieves top sprinter Jones , September 7, 2006.
  5. Washington Post : Marion Jones Admits to Steroid Use , October 5, 2007.
  6. a b Spiegel Online : Court proceedings: Marion Jones confesses to the doping lie , October 5, 2007.
  7. ^ Spiegel Online : Doping offender: Jones returns medals, USA apologize , October 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Spiegel Online : Doping verdict: Marion Jones has to repay premiums , November 23, 2007.
  9. a b Spiegel Online : Premium judgment: Marion Jones is broke , November 24, 2007.
  10. ^ Page of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
  11. Die Welt : Six Months Prison for Marion-Joneses , January 10, 2008.
  12. Marion Jones disappoints in WNBA debut , Focus. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  13. From Doperin to Diplomatin March 2, 2012