• The Associated Press


Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones and 100 meter record-holder Tim Montgomery have pulled out of the IAAF Japan Grand Prix next month, local media reported Wednesday.

The two Americans decided to sit out the May 8 event in Osaka saying they were “not in top condition” and wanted to “compete in a meet where there is no time difference,” the Nikkan Sports daily reported on its Web site.

Event organizers were not available for comment. Montgomery and Jones were not among a list of participating athletes sent out by organizers on Wednesday.

Last weekend, news reports connected Jones and Montgomery to BALCO founder Victor Conte, the alleged producer of performance enhancing drugs.

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