A member of the U.S. 4x100m relay team that won silver at the London Olympics said he would return his medal “if it comes to that point,” hours after it was announced Tyson Gay returned his silver medal due to doping.
“If it comes to that point to give that medal up, I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but I would give mine up,” Trell Kimmons said Friday, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Kimmons ran the leadoff leg on the U.S. team that set an American record of 37.04 seconds in finishing second to Jamaica in London. Kimmons told the newspaper he hasn’t spoken to his friend Gay since the 2013 U.S. Championships in June, where Gay failed one of his three drug tests last year.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Gay first used a product with a prohibited substance on July 15, 2012, almost three weeks before his first race at the 2012 Olympics.
USADA banned Gay for a year, backdated to June 2013, and disqualified all of his results since July 15, 2012. Gay returned his silver medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The IAAF, track and field’s international governing body, said Kimmons and the entire U.S. team loses their silver medals, according to its rulebook.
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.