View Full Version : Those Darn Belgians are trying to Win Everything

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:19 PM
Friday, February 20, 2004

Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Marion Jones finished second to Belgian sprinter Kim Gevaert in the 60 meters Friday at the Norwich Union indoor meet, while Kenenisa Bekele broke the world indoor record in the men's 5,000.

Gevaert finished in 7.13 seconds to set a Belgian record. Jones was second in 7.16 in her second race back since taking over a year off to have a baby. Her time was better than the 7.21 she ran in winning the 60 at the Millrose Games earlier this month.

"I was pleased with my start and then when I got up, the turnover just wasn't there today, but I'm still pleased with the race," Jones said.

"I know I ran faster than I did last week. This is a work in progress and hopefully by the time Athens comes around I'll be ready to run."

The five-time medalist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 smiled and waved to the crowd after her race.

Jones' longtime rival Zhanna Block, who took the world title in the 100 from her in 2001, finished fifth in 7.31.

Jones is at her second meet since having a son with boyfriend and fellow sprinter Tim Montgomery last June. She later competes in her first ever indoor long jump.

Bekele finished in 12:49.60, topping the previous mark of 12:50.38 set by fellow Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie in 1999. He won $30,000 for setting the record.

Marian just gave birth to a bouncy baby boy, but still - a Belgian! It must be a fluke, Marian is still hungry and a more truer champion that Venus.

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:21 PM
belgians ;)

She beat Marion? :eek: omg! that's great to hear! Well done Kim :bounce: :yeah:

btw this should be in non-tennis ;)

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:23 PM
I don't think it's suprising that Marion came in second considering she just had a baby and just really resumed training.

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:32 PM
I don't think it's suprising that Marion came in second considering she just had a baby and just really resumed training.

and it was only the 60 meters. The Belgian would NOT stand a chance in the 100. Marian just start kicking by the 60.

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:37 PM
and it was only the 60 meters. The Belgian would stand a chance in the 100. Marian just start kicking by the 60.

cool, there's fellow athletics fans in here!! i am watching the birmingham grand prix as well. there's been a few suprises, which has made things interesting. just watched kely holmes beat mary matola (who tripped) in the 15,000!

haile gebrselassie has just lined up for the 10,000. the man is an absolute LEGEND. good to see that there's someone following in his footsteps- bekele!


Feb 20th, 2004, 07:52 PM
Kim :bounce: :kiss:

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:52 PM

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Marion Jones has a pretty simple take on the swirling steroid stories in track and field: Even if you take drugs, I'll beat you.

Jones, who has returned to the sport after taking over a year off to have a baby, is set to compete in her second meet of the season Friday.

And she is ready to beat anyone she faces.

"If I put all of my eggs in one basket, if I trained 100 percent, I know with my talent level and with my confidence that, if you decide to try and cheat against me, I'm still going to win the race," she said Wednesday.

"It's not because I might be beating cheats, it's because I know that I've trained hard, my training is coming out and people are able to see that you can be blessed with a lot of talents and you can beat whoever on any given day."

The five-time medalist from the 2000 Sydney Olympics does not fear cheaters, and reaffirmed she is drug free.

But she did testify before a grand jury in San Francisco following a police investigation of the California-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Four men allegedly connected with BALCO face charges of unlawfully giving or offering steroids to sports stars.

Her return to action comes with the sport reeling from the BALCO case and a series of positive tests, which include double world sprint champion Kelli White and Dwain Chambers, whose case goes before a UK Athletics hearing Thursday.

White tested positive for the stimulant modafinil and could still lose her medals, while Chambers tested positive for the steroid THG.

"I know that one person in particular is drug free and that's myself," Jones said. "But I can't speak for other athletes and I have no idea what percentage is on or off. For me to come up with a percentage would be totally unfair to the rest of the sport.

"I only know what I'm doing. I'm training hard and I'm for a drug free sport."

Jones gave birth eight months ago to a son with sprinter boyfriend Tim Montgomery. She won the 60 meters at the Millrose Games in New York on Feb. 6 in her first race since September 2002, and will compete in the 60 and long jump Friday.

But Jones does not believe her return will lift a cloud from the sport.

"There are a lot of wonderful performances and wonderful athletes and, although we have a bit of a shadow hanging over the sport I don't think that my coming back into it is going to bring a smile," she said. "If you're a true track fan you'll have it on your face anyway."

Jones has plenty of goals on the track: improving her starts and transforming her ugly long jump technique into perfection.

Although she won her comeback race at Millrose, she had a modest time of 7.21 seconds after another slow start. She will need to begin much better at National Indoor Arena where she faces Zhanna Block, the Ukrainian who beat her in the 2001 world championship at Edmonton, Alberta.

She also hopes that her first ever indoor jump will reveal a much improved technique.

"In the past I have relied solely on my speed to carry me and get the long distances and now I'm going to take a controlled run down the runway and get my body in certain angles that they have never been in before."

It figures, the gal was probably juiced like her other countrywoman.

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:52 PM
well done belgium ;)

Feb 20th, 2004, 07:53 PM
Go Belgies!

Feb 20th, 2004, 08:19 PM
whoohoo well done Kim :D

Feb 20th, 2004, 08:21 PM
Kim is going to win again, because JJh is not their.

Feb 20th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Well done Kim!!! :bounce: