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Pair 'not in top condition' for Japan GP

TOKYO -- Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones will not be
competing at a meet next month in Japan.

She and 100-meter record holder Tim Montgomery were reported to
have pulled out of the IAAF Japan Grand Prix on May 8 in Osaka. The
Nikkan Sports daily said on its Web site Wednesday that the two
Americans were "not in top condition" and wanted to compete in a
meet "where there is no time difference."

"At no point was she ever confirmed," Lewis Kay, a
representative for Jones, told The Associated Press. He dismissed
the notion that Jones was not in top condition or that the time
zone was a factor.

Jones and Montgomery, who have a son together, are to compete at
a meet in Jamaica on May 7.

Japanese organizers meet were not available for comment.
Montgomery and Jones were not on a list of participating athletes
released Wednesday.

A message from the AP was left with Montgomery's representative.

Last weekend, news reports connected Jones and Montgomery to
BALCO founder Victor Conte, the alleged producer of
performance-enhancing drugs. Two newspapers, quoting unidentified
sources, reported that Conte told U.S. federal agents he gave
steroids to Jones and Montgomery. The athletes and Conte deny the
claims.

Jones, who won five medals in the 2000 Olympics, and Montgomery,
the world record-holder over 100 meters, repeatedly have denied
steroid use. An attorney for Jones said she never received steroids
from Conte. An attorney for Conte said he never provided steroids
to Jones or Montgomery, and never gave such information to federal
agents.