Resurgent Jones continues winning streak in New York
NEW YORK, June 4 (Reuters) American sprinters Marion Jones and Justin Gatlin ruled the track at New York's grand prix meeting by surging to victories in their respective 100 metre races at Icahn Stadium.
Former Olympic sprint champion Jones showed she is still a force by beating a world-class field in her third race back after an 11-month absence from competition due to injuries.
Jones, 30, powered her way to victory in 11.06 seconds ahead of world championship silver medallist Veronica Campbell of Jamaica, who clocked 11.11, and 2003 world champion Torri Edwards of the US in 11.23 yesterday.
World champion Lauryn Williams of the US finished fifth in 11.44.
Jones, who won three golds at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and five medals in all, has swept all three of her races this year.
She won her first race in an altitude-assisted 11.06 seconds in Mexico and triumphed last Sunday in the Netherlands in 11:16.
Gatlin, the Olympic and world champion and co-world record holder, streaked to victory in 9.87 seconds in his first 100m race run in his native New York.
Tyson Gay was a distant second in 10.04 followed by Leonard Scott in the all-American race.
The 24-year-old Gatlin last month tied the 100m world record of 9.77 originally set by Asafa Powell of Jamaica.
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