Nick Symmonds finishes 7th in Beer Mile World Championships

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Olympian Nick Symmonds finished seventh in the Beer Mile World Championships, drinking a beer and then running 400 meters four times in repetition in 5 minutes, 14.71 seconds, in Austin on Wednesday night.

Symmonds was one of the pre-race favorites, having previously run a beer mile in 5:19. He said he was slowed Wednesday by using a beer he had never tried before. The elite runners were allowed to choose their own beer for the event at the Circuit of the Americas, a track used for a Formula One race.

“It’s a very tasty brew,” Symmonds said in a Flotrack post-race interview while spitting foam. “I’d love to sit down and a have a pint, but for what we were doing tonight, I don’t think it was the ideal choice.”

Canadian Corey Gallagher, 27, won the men’s elite race in 5:00.23 (video here). In April, James Nielsen claimed to be the first man to break five minutes in the beer mile (video here). Nielsen did not run in the World Championships on Wednesday.

Symmonds’ splits Wednesday:

First beer: 7.69 seconds
After 400 meters: 1:14.26 (seventh place)
Second beer: 14.42 seconds
After 800 meters: 2:37.20 (sixth place — Symmonds’ 800 meters (non-beer) PR is 1:42.95)
Third beer: 13.56 seconds
After 1200 meters: 4:04.38 (sixth place)
Fourth beer: 18.76 seconds
Finish: 5:14.71 (seventh place)

“I’m not the best drinker, but I am the best runner,” Symmonds said in a Flotrack interview before the race. “I love drinking, and I love running. This event was made for me.”

Symmonds said this event was his last hurrah of 2014. He’ll take a few days off and then start preparing for 2015, with his primary focus on the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing in the summer.

“I’m going to go out and have a couple more beers, find a cheeseburger,” said Symmonds, who finished fifth in the 2012 Olympic 800m and won silver at the 2013 World Championships. “Then I’ll take a couple days off and start focusing on my main goals.”

Elizabeth Herndon unofficially ran the fastest women’s beer mile ever to win the women’s elite race in 6:17.76.

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Iga Swiatek sweeps into French Open final, where she faces a surprise


Iga Swiatek marched into the French Open final without dropping a set in six matches. All that stands between her and a third Roland Garros title is an unseeded foe.

Swiatek plays 43rd-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova in the women’s singles final, live Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on NBC,, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.

Swiatek, the top-ranked Pole, swept 14th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-2, 7-6 (7) in Thursday’s semifinal in her toughest test all tournament. Haddad Maia squandered three break points at 4-all in the second set.

Swiatek dropped just 23 games thus far, matching her total en route to her first French Open final in 2020 (which she won for her first WTA Tour title of any kind). After her semifinal, she signed a courtside camera with the hashtag #stepbystep.

“For sure I feel like I’m a better player,” than in 2020, she said. “Mentally, tactically, physically, just having the experience, everything. So, yeah, my whole life basically.”

Swiatek can become the third woman since 2000 to win three French Opens after Serena Williams and Justine Henin and, at 22, the youngest woman to win four total majors since Williams in 2002.

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Muchova upset No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus to reach her first major final.

Muchova, a 26-year-old into the second week of the French Open for the first time, became the first player to take a set off the powerful Belarusian all tournament, then rallied from down 5-2 in the third set to prevail 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5.

Sabalenka, who overcame previous erratic serving to win the Australian Open in January, had back-to-back double faults in her last service game.

“Lost my rhythm,” she said. “I wasn’t there.”

Muchova broke up what many expected would be a Sabalenka-Swiatek final, which would have been the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 match at the French Open since Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the 2013 final.

Muchova is unseeded, but was considered dangerous going into the tournament.

In 2021, she beat then-No. 1 Ash Barty to make the Australian Open semifinals, then reached a career-high ranking of 19. She dropped out of the top 200 last year while struggling through injuries.

“Some doctors told me maybe you’ll not do sport anymore,” Muchova said. “It’s up and downs in life all the time. Now I’m enjoying that I’m on the upper part now.”

Muchova has won all five of her matches against players ranked in the top three. She also beat Swiatek in their lone head-to-head, but that was back in 2019 when both players were unaccomplished young pros. They have since practiced together many times.

“I really like her game, honestly,” Swiatek said. “I really respect her, and she’s I feel like a player who can do anything. She has great touch. She can also speed up the game. She plays with that kind of freedom in her movements. And she has a great technique. So I watched her matches, and I feel like I know her game pretty well.”

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

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

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history. He can also become the first man to win all four majors at least three times and, at 36, the oldest French Open men’s or women’s singles champion.

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Djokovic took out No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals, advancing to a final against 2022 French Open runner-up Casper Ruud of Norway.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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