Jones to sprint and jump in Home Depot Invitational

Jones to sprint and jump in Home Depot Invitational

Thursday 22 April 2004

Los Angeles, USA - Triple Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones will be on the centre stage at The Home Depot Track & Field Invitational (22 May), only two months before the U.S. Olympic Trials and just three months before the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where she hopes to compete for five gold medals.

“This is going to be a real challenge for Marion, competing in both the 100 metres and the long jump against many of the athletes she will see at the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games,” said Bill Peterson, Managing Director of The Home Depot Center. “It’s also a great opportunity for Southern California Track fans to watch one of the United States’ greatest all time women’s track athletes.”

Ready to challenge Jones in the 100m will be Sydney bronze medallist Tanya Lawrence of Jamaica and four-time NCAA 100 champion Angela Williams. The dash will be the first running event of the day, and just 60 minutes later, the women’s long jump will begin.

Fellow Sydney Olympic Games champion Maurice Greene will go on the men’s 100m, while former double Olympic 100m flat champion Gail Devers will take on Canada’s World indoor and outdoor champion Perdita Felicien of Canada in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

In addition, in the men’s Pole Vault, 2001 World champion Dmitri Markov of Australia will face Olympic champion Nick Hysong of the U.S. and American record-holder Jeff Hartwig.