Former Olympic champion Marion Jones is ready to assume her position as world No 1 after her Golden League meeting success in Paris.
The 30-year-old may not have matched the Gaz de France 100metres meeting record of 10.84seconds she set five years ago.
But after a thrilling victory in the second leg of the IAAF Golden League series, her victory indicates she is back on track.
Jones, winner of five medals at the 2000 Olympic Games and contesting her first Golden League event for four years, roared to a season's best time of 10.92secs.
More importantly, as she moved into the second spot in this summer's global rankings yesterday, she beat current leader Sherone Simpson by 0.06secs.
Jamaica's Commonwealth 200m gold medallist had no answer to the late surge over the final 20m by Jones.
The Sydney Games double sprint gold medallist's latest success was a clear indication she is again hungry.
That Jones is again competing is remarkable, considering the controversy surrounding her and her alleged involvement in the BALCO drugs scandal.
Jones has consistently denied using drugs and, significantly, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has never proved her involvement as they did with others named and shamed for using THG three years ago.
Several top European promoters barred her from appearing at their meetings. But now the slate has been wiped clean and Jones is looking towards this year's two money-spinning end-of-season events, the IAAF World Athletics final and the World Cup.
Jones cuts a quieter figure than the extrovert she was when winning the World Cup 100m crown four years ago.
Instead, after fighting off the BALCO allegations levelled against her, she now plans answering her critics with more world-class performances.
Jones said: "I'm finally back on track and I hope I can continue to run well. I've always run fast in Paris."
Her victims, apart from Simpson, included three fellow Americans - reigning world champion Lauryn Williams, the 2003 winner Torri Edwards and Me'Lisa Barber, the world indoor 60m gold medallist.
Jones, who will race in Lausanne tomorrow, added: "My motivation is different. Things are going well now in my life, and I realise I belong on the track.
"That's where I want to be, and I want to run fast again. You sit around and you watch the races and you watch the meets and you don't see yourself out there. I missed seeing myself out there." ..SUPL: