Marion Jones wins easily at FBK Games

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HENGELO, Netherlands (AP) – Marion Jones easily won the 100 meters at the FBK Games on Sunday, finishing in 11.16 seconds.

Jones started slow, but hit her stride in the middle of the race and pulled away from the rest of the field.

“A win is a win,” Jones said. “I am extremely delighted … I want to go back home and train for the nationals. I hope I can keep this form.”

Emma Ania of Britain was second in 11.59, followed by Angela Williams of the United States in 11.60.

Jones ran 11.06 earlier this month in Mexico, the second-best time in the world this year. It was her first race after an 11-month absence during which she battled injuries and doping allegations.

Jones has never tested positive for doping and has repeatedly denied using banned substances. She filed a $25 million defamation suit against BALCO founder Victor Conte, who has said she used banned substances.

Jones, who was shunned last season by European meet directors, plans to run in several meets this year and hopes to become a champion again at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The U.S. championships are next month in Indianapolis.

She won three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but missed the 2004 Athens Games after taking 2003 off to have a baby. She has never regained her old form.

Jones was heavily favored to win Sunday after Allyson Felix pulled out with a hamstring injury. Felix has the top 100 time this season in 11.04.

“It feels good,” Jones said. “The weather didn’t look good but I felt like I was ready to go.”

Olusoji Fasuba of Nigeria won the men’s 100 in 10.33, with Caimin Douglas of the Netherlands in second and Christian Malcolm of Britain in third.

Ethiopians and Kenyans continued their traditional dominance in the distance events, with Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar winning the 5,000 in 14:35.37.

Another Ethiopian, Ibrahim Jeyland, won the men’s 10,000 in 27:15.90. Micah Kogo and Moses Mosop of Kenya were next.

In the 400 hurdles, Lashinda Demus won in 54.70, beating Natasha Danvers and Sandra Glover.

The FBK Games are held in honor of Fanny Blankers Koen, the Dutch woman who won four gold medals in the 1948 Olympics.

AP-ES-05-28-06 1609EDT

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