Tim, Marion out of Japan "not in top condition"

TOKYO, April 28 (AFP) - Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones and 100m world record-holder Tim Montgomery have pulled out of the IAAF Japan Grand Prix next month, organisers said Thursday.

The two Americans have said they were not in top condition'' and decided to compete in a meeting where there is no time difference,’’ according a statement issued by the organisers of the May 8 event in Osaka.

The Osaka meeting will still showcase other big names including Olympic 100m champion Maurice Greene of the United States, world 110m hurdles champion Allen Johnson of the United States and Poland’s Szymon Ziolkowski, who won the 2001 world hammer throw title.

That’s a shame. I hope they can pull it together in time. I wish Charlie were still coaching them. What they could accomplish would be frightening.

Word is they were never entered at all. They are competing the sae weekend in the big meet in Jamaica! They didn’t put out a statement that they were out of shape! Who would?