LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Olympic sprint champion swimmer Gary
Hall Jr. believes sprinter Marion Jones should be banned from track
and field competition for life.
Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency,
although she has repeatedly denied using drugs and has not been
charged by USADA.
"It's theft because she's taking away opportunities from other
athletes," Hall said Saturday at the U.S. Olympic swim trials.
"In an Olympic year, there's only a handful of athletes that get
the attention they deserve financially and it's what keeps us going
for another four years.
"If she has cheated or if anybody has cheated they should be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said. "She should be banned for life."
Jones failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100
meters Saturday night, losing out on a chance to defend her gold
medal in the event at the Athens Games. She finished fifth -- two
spots out of a berth.
Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, still can
make the Olympic team if she qualifies in the 200 meters or long
jump. Or she could be picked for a relay team.
Hall is trying to make his third Olympic team. He is the
defending 50-meter freestyle champion.