Notes from USADA drug-testing statistics update

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps has more individually documented drug tests than any other U.S. athlete in 2014, under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s statistics updated Monday.

Phelps had six documented drug tests in the third quarter of this year, giving him 17 total in the first nine months of 2014. He passed Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp for total tests this year.

USADA’s quarterly statistics are interesting to break down, but they are not complete drug-testing histories. USADA stats documented 1,638 drug tests for the third quarter of 2014, but the total number of tests was 2,339. That’s quite a difference and must be taken into account.

Here’s USADA’s disclaimer on its documented statistics, outlining what its results do and do not include.

Notes from the third-quarter statistics released Monday:

*Cyclist Eric Marcotte led all athletes with 12 documented drug tests for the third quarter. Marcotte is an Arizona chiropractor who won the U.S. road race title this year. His 12 documented tests were four more than the top athletes had in the second quarter, Michael Phelps and cyclists Jacob Rathe and Tom Zirbel.

*Phelps, Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte led all swimmers with six documented tests each in the third quarter.

*Distance runners Kara Goucher and Dathan Ritzenhein led all track and field athletes with five. Justin Gatlin and Wallace Spearmon Jr., sprinters who have failed drug tests, had four each. Rupp led all track and field athletes with seven documented tests in the second quarter. Rupp had three in the third quarter.

*Every member of the 2014 FIBA World Cup/Championships men’s and women’s teams received a documented test except for Brittney Griner, who joined the team late, just before the tournament in Turkey in September due to an eye injury.

*Chloe Kim, a snowboarder born April 23, 2000, received her first documented drug test.

*Four-time Olympic speed skater K.C. Boutiette received a documented drug test for the first time in five years. Boutiette, 44, last competed in an Olympics in 2006. He entered the 2014 U.S. Olympic speed skating trials last winter.

*Olympic champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber, who hasn’t competed since London 2012 and said in July she is still deciding her competitive future, has not had a documented test since the third quarter of 2013. The other four members of the Fierce Five were all tested at least once in the third quarter of 2014.

*2010 Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek, who hasn’t competed since Vancouver 2010 and said in September his career is coming to an end, has not had a documented test yet this year.

Olympians often take their names out of the drug-testing pool when they retire, as Phelps did following the London Olympics.

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Jim Hines, Olympic 100m gold medalist and first to break 10 seconds, dies

Jim Hines

Jim Hines, a 1968 Olympic 100m gold medalist and the first person to break 10 seconds in the event, has died at age 76, according to USA Track and Field.

“I understand that God called him home today and we send the prayers up for him,” was posted on the Facebook page of John Carlos, a 1968 U.S. Olympic teammate, over the weekend.

Hines was born in Arkansas, raised in Oakland, California and attended Texas Southern University in Houston.

At the June 1968 AAU Championships in Sacramento, Hines became the first person to break 10 seconds in the 100m with a hand-timed 9.9. It was dubbed the “Night of Speed” because the world record of 10 seconds was beaten by three men and tied by seven others, according to World Athletics.

“There will never be another night like it,” Hines said at a 35th anniversary reunion in 2003, according to World Athletics. “That was the greatest sprinting series in the history of track and field.”

Later that summer, Hines won the Olympic Trials. Then he won the Olympic gold medal in Mexico City’s beneficial thin air in 9.95 seconds, the first electronically timed sub-10 and a world record that stood for 15 years.

Hines was part of a legendary 1968 U.S. Olympic track and field team that also included 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and Carlos, plus gold medalists Wyomia Tyus (100m), Bob Beamon (long jump), Al Oerter (discus), Dick Fosbury (high jump), Lee Evans (400m), Madeline Manning Mims (800m), Willie Davenport (110m hurdles), Bob Seagren (pole vault), Randy Matson (shot put), Bill Toomey (decathlon) and the men’s and women’s 4x100m and men’s 4x400m relays.

After the Olympics, Hines joined the Miami Dolphins, who chose him in the sixth round of that year’s NFL Draft to be a wide receiver. He was given the number 99. Hines played in 10 games between 1969 and 1970 for the Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.

He remains the only person to have played in an NFL regular season game out of the now more than 170 who have broken 10 seconds in the 100m over the last 55 years.

2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the top hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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