When athletes — non-boxers, mixed martial artists and wrestlers — clinch their fists and swing, it usually doesn’t end well.
Veteran British sprinter Dwain Chambers is learning this two weeks after his 4×100-meter relay team was disqualified minutes before they were to receive bronze medals. Two British sprinters — neither Chambers — had passed the baton outside the exchange zone, not an uncommon occurrence (for Britain especially) but an illegal one.
He is said by an insider to have “lost the plot” when told that he would not be receiving a medal.
Only minutes earlier, he had been celebrating his bronze medal with gusto, wearing a bowler hat with a Union Flag fastened to it as he and his colleagues took a prolonged lap of honour.
Chambers, 35, “put his fist through a partition wall,” according to the newspaper. “Russian officials became so concerned at Chambers’s explosion of anger that police were called in to defuse the incident.”
Chambers was one of the bright young stars of track and field in 2000, when he placed fourth in the 100 meters at the Sydney Olympics. His career has been a winding and largely unsuccessful road since, including a steroid suspension and an NFL Europe cameo.
Chambers’ victory lap hat marked one of the highlights of the final day of track worlds, but it was obviously followed by one of its lowlights.
“He obviously blew his top a little bit but he himself wasn’t too proud of it,” a world track and field federation (IAAF) official told The Telegraph.
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.
Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.
Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.
The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.