Marion Jones finished second in the long jump at the IAAF Norwich Union Grand Prix meet in Gateshead, England yesterday, while Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record in the pole vault.
Isinbayeva cleared 15 feet 113/4 inches in windy weather, eclipsing her mark of 15-111/4 set in Budapest in March. She also set a world record at Gateshead last year, clearing 15-93/4.
"I think the crowd really loves me here, and I love them also," Isinbayeva said.
Jones, being investigated for possible doping violations, had a top jump of 22-21/2, far shorter than the 22-9 she recorded at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., last week. World indoor champ Tatyana Lebedeva won with a leap of 22-61/2.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is using documents and other circumstantial evidence from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case to go after athletes on doping charges. Although Jones hasn't been formally notified she's the target of a USADA probe, she is under investigation.
But her boyfriend, world 100-meter record holder Tim Montgomery, is one of four sprinters facing drug charges and a possible lifetime ban based on evidence from the case.
"Of course off the track, it has been distracting, but not so much as you might think when I'm actually competing," Jones said. "This is something I have to deal with right now, but I will get through it. I can't concern myself with all the distractions.
"I've said my piece now, I've done everything possible to clear my name."
Still, Jones beat reigning Olympic champ Heike Drechsler of Germany, who finished seventh (20-73/4) and Fiona May of Italy, who was fifth (21-8).
"Overall I'm pretty happy with my performance," she said. "My fifth jump was over the board, but it was very far."
Second Beats First
Two weeks ago, Victor Plata qualified for his first Olympic team -- and it wasn't even the highlight of his month.
"I was much more elated coming across the line today," Plata said after finishing second to training partner Greg Remaly at the New York City Triathlon.
Earlier in the day, Australian Olympian Loretta Harrop won the women's race. Harrop, second to American Sheila Taormina at the world championships last month, finished in 1 hour 55 minutes 51 seconds to beat runner-up Carolyn Murray of Canada by over three minutes.
Remaly won in 1:47:28, and Plata crossed the finish line 21 seconds later, smiling and pointing at his waiting teammate.
"I'm elated," Plata said. "This is better than a victory for me because it proves the team philosophy -- and the team philosophy I believe is the future of this type of racing."
Crown Prince Felipe completed the torch relay through the streets of Madrid by lighting an Olympic cauldron in one of the capital's most symbolic squares.
The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, passed the flame to Prince Felipe, who was part of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Hundreds of people waited at the Puerta de Alcala to catch a glimpse of the lighting and cheer the 30 athletes, sports celebrities and ordinary people who carried the torch in a festive atmosphere.