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Raisin
Apr 10th, 2003, 12:47 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones will miss August's world athletics championships in Paris after announcing that she is pregnant.

The 27-year-old American said she and her partner Tim Montgomery, the 100 metres world record holder, were expecting a baby in July.

"We're just very thrilled to begin this new stage of our relationship and our lives," Jones, who won 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay golds at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, told the Los Angeles Times.

"I've always wanted to have a family and I've been blessed to have the wonderful family I already have. I'm so thrilled to say this now, so I can have a really normal, normal pregnancy."

Last August Jones said she would target at least three gold medals, including the long jump, at the Paris championships where she was hoping to avenge her shock defeat by Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block in the 100 meters at the 2001 worlds.

She was undefeated in 21 races over 100, 200 and 400 meters in 2002, beating Pintusevich-Block twice in the short distance.

Jones says she intends to resume training later this year to prepare for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"I plan to enjoy this experience," she said. "I don't plan to be on the treadmill and in the gym at 40 weeks.

"I'm a pregnant competitor. Being pregnant doesn't take away from how competitive I am. I look forward to watching Tim compete and seeing how the ladies run at the world championships and I look forward to getting back in training for Athens.

"The timing is great in terms of when the baby will be born. I'm confident I'll have plenty of time to be ready in 2004."

Montgomery, who began dating Jones last year before setting a world best in the 100 meters of 9.78 in September, has a daughter from a previous relationship.

"I couldn't think of a more beautiful thing to share with such a wonderful person," he said in a report on the newspaper's Web site.

Jones is not the first high-profile track athlete to interrupt her career to start a family.

Fellow American Evelyn Ashford, a double-gold medallist at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, had a daughter in 1985 and went on to win 100m silver and 4x100m gold at Seoul in 1988. She also won a relay gold in Barcelona in 1992.

Valerie Brisco-Hooks also returned from motherhood in 1984 to become the first athlete to complete a 200 and 400m Olympic double.

Vincent
Apr 10th, 2003, 02:44 PM
Congrats Marion :)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Apr 10th, 2003, 02:46 PM
YES YES!!! :bounce: i heard about this in an OZ paper yesterday, but wasn't sure if it's only a rumour.

YAY! congrats to marion and tim :D wow, i'm sure Marion will look beautiful while being pregnent :D :bounce:

Lynnsha
Apr 10th, 2003, 02:57 PM
Congrats Marion & Tim :D

SJW
Apr 10th, 2003, 03:00 PM
cool :)

congrats Tim and Marion :D

schris
Apr 10th, 2003, 03:47 PM
:eek:

Congratulations

Dava
Apr 10th, 2003, 03:51 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

What happened to her last marriage???

Anyway well done Marion (you could probably still thrash the field 8 month pregers!!)

King Aaron
Apr 10th, 2003, 03:54 PM
Wow, congratulations Marion! :D
Can't wait for the baby to be born and see 'Super Mom'. ;)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:05 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

What happened to her last marriage???

Anyway well done Marion (you could probably still thrash the field 8 month pregers!!)
Marion and CJ Hunter split a long time ago :eek:

stupid doping jerk :(

King Satan
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:08 PM
:sad:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:16 PM
congrats to Marion/Tim :)

she's gonna be missed during the coming season though, but she'll be back for Athens 2004

Evey
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:17 PM
Congrats to Marion and Tim!

:bounce:

Elisse
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:51 PM
WOW!!! What great news!!!! :D :D :D

:bounce: Congratulations Marion & Tim!!!! :bounce:

Crazy Canuck
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:58 PM
Marion is a machine!