SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The duel began a decade ago, when Marion Jones was a high school freshman and Inger Miller was a senior. The battle continues to this day, and it has become a race for the title of world's fastest woman.
Jones owns that title now, and plans to celebrate her speed by winning five gold medals in the Sydney Olympics -- in the 100 meters, 200, long jump, 400 relay and 1,600 relay.
Her quest for that unprecedented Olympic feat begins Saturday night, in the final of the 100, in the U.S. Olympic trials. The final of the men's 100, featuring world record-holder Maurice Greene, also is Saturday night.
Also on Saturday, the second day of the 10-day trials, is the final of the men's shot put -- Jones' husband, C.J. Hunter, is one of the favorites -- and the semifinals of the 400, with Michael Johnson beginning his run toward more Olympic gold.
Jones is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100 and 200, and only the late Florence Griffith Joyner has run faster in each event.
Miller ranks second in both of those sprints, and plans to be one of the biggest roadblocks to Jones' sweep -- just as she was 10 years ago.
In 1990, Miller was a senior at Muir High School in Pasadena when she beat Jones in both sprints at the Arcadia Invitational meet in southern California. Jones was a freshman at Rio Mesa high in Oxnard.
Jones never lost after her freshman year, and swept both sprints at the California high school championships four straight years. And she has never lost to Miller.
While Jones has said she intends to win the sprints and the long jump at the trials, Miller said her top concern is making the team. The top three performers in every event make the U.S. Olympic team.
''Making the team is important. If I win here and not win at the Olympics, what difference does it make?'' Miller asked. ''The bottom line is to make the team and then showcase my talents at the Olympics.''
And Miller, who makes it clear that she and Jones are not buddies, enjoys being in the position of not having to win in Sacramento.
''She gets all the headlines, so the pressure is on her. She sets the goals and has to reach them,'' she said. ''If I don't win, nobody cares. So there's no pressure on me.''
Jones is the world champion in the 100, while Miller is world champ in the 200 -- because Jones pulled up short in the semifinal with a back injury. After finishing second in the 100 to Jones, Miller declared: ''It's not a one-woman show anymore.''
While Jones skipped an appearance at a news conference Thursday, Miller has been glad to talk about her buildup for the trials -- and to try to deflect questions about Jones.
''It doesn't matter who is in the race,'' Miller said. ''If a rivalry brings more fans to the sport, I'm all for it. But I don't focus on just one person. Yes, I'm motivated by the fact that she runs fast. But I'm motivated by the fact that I run fast.''
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