Allyson Felix to run 400m at World Championships

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Allyson Felix will run the 400m and not the 200m at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing in August, according to Reuters.

The last time Felix, 29, did not race the 200m at Worlds was 2001. She captured World titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Felix, also the Olympic 200m champion, qualified for both the 200m and 400m for Worlds but had said repeatedly this spring and summer that she would choose one because the 200m semifinals and 400m final are about one hour apart on Aug. 27.

Felix did run both races at the 2011 Worlds, taking 400m silver (in a personal-best time, beaten by .03 by Botswana’s Amantle Montsho in her personal best; Montsho is currently serving a doping ban) and 200m bronze. She had two days between races then.

The Rio 2016 Olympic schedule calls for the women’s 400m final to go off 75 minutes after the start of the first round of the women’s 200m. It’s not as tough as August’s Worlds, but it’s a departure from London 2012, when there was a day off between the 400m and 200m.

Felix’s coach, Bob Kersee, told Reuters Felix may attempt a 200m-400m double at the Olympics.

“That would be the crowning point of her career,” Kersee said, according to Reuters.

In 2012, Felix attempted the 100m-200m Olympic double rather than the 200m-400m (one day off between the 100m and 200m) and finished fifth in the 100m and, in her primary goal, won gold in the 200m.

At Worlds, Felix won’t have to face Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross or the fastest 400m runner this year, Francena McCorory, as both failed to make the U.S. team at the U.S. Championships.

Felix is the fastest woman in the world in the 200m this year and, among those qualified for Worlds, is the second fastest woman in the 400m. However, the only woman faster than Felix in the 400m, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, may opt to solely run the 200m at Worlds.

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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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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, results

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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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