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Apolo Ohno on Ironman: A milestone among my 8 Olympic medals

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source: APApolo Ohno said he went into “full warrior mode” in completing the Ironman World Championships in his goal — under 10 hours — on Oct. 11.

“Conquering the Ironman enriched me physically, emotionally and mentally and it will be a milestone in my life, among my eight Olympic medals, that I will always remember,” Ohno wrote in a Seattle Times blog.

Consider these two stats:

* Ohno completed the Hawaiian course in 9 hours, 52 minutes, 27 seconds, which was more than three hours faster than retired NFL wide receiver Hines Ward‘s time last year.

* Ohno ran the 2011 New York City Marathon in 3:25:14. In Hawaii, he ran a marathon in 3:36:41, after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles.

Ohno, 32, owns the U.S. record for Winter Olympic medals with eight over three Winter Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010 before retiring. He’s also won Dancing with the Stars, played a role in a TV movie and hosted a TV game show.

“The Ironman World Championship was like no other event I have experienced,” he wrote. “I wanted to cross the finish line knowing I left everything I had out on the course — which I can honestly say I did.”

The Ironman World Championships will air on NBC on Nov. 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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.

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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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