- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2001

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Two days after failing to win a third straight 100 title, Marion Jones began her quest for her first at 200 meters by winning her heat at the World Championships.
Jones, who had her streak of 42 consecutive victories in 100 finals snapped by Ukraine's Zhanna Pintusevich-Block, charged out of the blocks in the 200 last night, took command quickly, then coasted down the straightaway and finished in 22.70 seconds.
Two years ago at the championships, the 200 proved disastrous for Jones. After winning the 100 and finishing third in the long jump, she pulled up lame in the 200 semifinals with a back injury.
"It's great to be back out here and build back a bit of confidence," Jones said. "I wasn't broken down after the 100, but it's been a while [since] I've lost a race and I did forget how to deal with it."
The semifinals and final will be tonight.
Defending champion Inger Miller, who has been nursing injuries all year, also reached the semifinals, finishing fourth in her heat in 22.98. Kelli White (22.65) and Latasha Jenkins (22.82) won their heats.
Americans Shawn Crawford and Kevin Little advanced to the final of the men's 200, where they will have to contend with the Olympic champion.
Crawford, this year's world indoor champion, finished third in his semifinal heat in 20.19, while Little, the 1995 world indoor champion and four-time indoor medalist, was second in his heat with a season's best 20.13.
Little finished behind Britain's Christian Malcolm, this year's world indoor silver medalist, who ran a career-best 20.08.
In Crawford's heat, Greece's Konstadinos Kederis, the Sydney Games gold medalist, won in 20.03, the fastest time in the world this year, and a national record.
"I'm pleased with second," Little said. "All I wanted to do was put myself in position to get a medal. I'm a veteran at this, so I realize anything can happen tomorrow [in the final]."
Meanwhile, Olympic champion Angelo Taylor, running with a sinus condition and a weak stomach, failed to get through the semifinals of the men's 400 hurdles.
Taylor was slowest out of the blocks in the first of three heats, then clipped the final hurdle, went off stride and stumbled across the finish line in fourth place.
The disappointed Taylor buried his head as he knelt on the track, then lay on his stomach and stayed there for about a minute before rising and kneeling again with his head slumped over.
He was timed in 49.23, nearly 1? seconds slower than his world-leading time of 47.95 this year.
"I never really lost concentration," Taylor said. "I just could not execute well. What I wanted to do was attack the hurdle, so that I would not lose any momentum, but I was just too far away. I thought I could clear it, but clearly I was wrong."
The other two Americans, Calvin Davis and James Carter, also missed qualifying for the final. The fastest qualifier was Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic in 48.07.
In yesterday's finals, Germany's Martin Buss won the men's high jump with a world-leading 7 feet, 8 inches; Kenyan Olympic champion Reuben Kosgei took the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:15.16; and Morocco's Nezha Bidouane, the 1997 world champion in the women's 400 hurdles, regained the title, with a world-leading 53.34.
Tereza Marinova of Bulgaria led the way into the final of the women's triple jump, soaring 48-10? in qualifying. The two Americans in the qualifying, Tiombe Hurd and Yuliana Martinez-Perez, failed to advance.
Earlier, an emotional Gabriela Szabo decided against boycotting the women's 5,000 because of the presence of a Russian who had been suspended for drugs.
Szabo, favored to win her third straight world title in the 5,000, had said earlier she would drop out of the race if Olga Yegorova was permitted to run.
Yegorova was suspended after testing positive for the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO, but was reinstated because the drug test was not carried out according to IAAF rules.
"I am not angry if Yegorova competes now, because I respect the IAAF rules," Szabo said. "If I do not compete in the 5,000 meters, in a few months the people will forget what happened and will only remember the winner."
The first round of the 5,000 will be tonight and the final Saturday.
Szabo, winner of the 1,500 Tuesday night, said she was eager to run against Yegorova, who passed her on the final lap to win the world indoor 3,000 title at Lisbon, Portugal, in March.
Yegorova has beaten her three times this year, at Lisbon, Paris and Rome, while setting personal bests in the 1,500 and 3,000.

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