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Heather Richardson, Brittany Bowe go 1-2 at Berlin World Cup

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American Heather Richardson and her fiance both won races on the final day of the World Cup speed skating stop in Berlin on Sunday.

Richardson, the world sprint champion, won the 1000m in 1 minute, 14.51 seconds, .91 better than U.S. teammate Brittany Bowe. Russian Olga Fatkulina was third.

Berlin marked the final World Cup before the Olympics, meaning it’s time to take stock of Olympic medal contenders. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are in three weeks in Salt Lake City.

Richardson looks like the Olympic favorite in the 1000m, having won three of four World Cups this season. Her only loss came when Bowe set a world record in Salt Lake City on Nov. 17, edging Richardson by .03.

Bowe, the former college basketball player, has finished no lower than third in the four World Cup 1000m races. The U.S. has not won a women’s speed skating Olympic medal since 2002.

Richardson and Bowe came back for the day’s final event, the team pursuit, where the U.S. finished sixth. The Netherlands won.

Richardson’s fiance, Dutchman Jorrit Bergsma, won the 5000m on Sunday with superstar countryman Sven Kramer sitting out. Bergsma skated 6:14.82, beating another Netherlands skater, Jan Blokhuijsen, by .84. South Korean Lee Seung-Hoon was third.

The Olympic champion Kramer won the first two 5000m races of the season by more than two seconds and appears to be in form going toward Sochi.

South Korean Olympic champion Mo Tae-Bum won the second men’s 500m race of the Berlin World Cup by .002 over Japan’s Joji Kato. The Netherlands’ Michel Mulder was third.

The Olympic men’s 500m appears wide open. Eight men have won World Cup races this season, including American Tucker Fredricks, who was seventh on Sunday.

Berlin World Cup

Men’s 500m — Race 2
1. Mo Tae-Bum (KOR) 34.876
2. Joji Kato (JPN) 34.878
3. Michel Mulder (NED) 34.95
7. Tucker Fredricks (USA) 35.18
11. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 35.25

Women’s 1000m
1. Heather Richardson (USA) 1:14.51
2. Brittany Bowe (USA) 1:15.42
3. Olga Fatkulina (RUS) 1:15.49

Men’s 5000m
1. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) 6:14.82
2. Jan Blokhuijsen (NED) 6:15.66
3. Lee Seung-Hoon (KOR) 6:16.12
8. Jonathan Kuck (USA) 6:20.24

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Netherlands 2:58.19
2. Poland 3:01.18
3. South Korea 3:02.04
6. U.S. 3:03.02

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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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.

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