Rio Olympics six months out: Records watch

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Some of the records that could be tied or broken at the Rio Olympics:

Michael Phelps
Individual medals — (Phelps has 13; Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won 14)
Consecutive gold medals in one individual event — (Phelps has 3 in 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley; shared record is 4)
Team/relay gold medals, medals — (Phelps has 9 golds, 7 medals; U.S. swimmer Jenny Thompson won 10 golds, 8 medals)
Oldest individual swim gold medalist — (Phelps will be 31; U.S. swimmer Duke Kahanamoku was 30 at Antwerp 1920)

Usain Bolt
100m gold medals — (Bolt shares the record of 2 with Carl Lewis)
Track and field gold medals — (Bolt has six; Lewis and Paavo Nurmi won 9)

Missy Franklin
Female gold medals — (Franklin has 4; Latynina has 9)
U.S. female gold medals — (Thompson has 8)
U.S. female gold medals, one Olympics — (Franklin and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen share the record of 4)
U.S. female medals, one Olympics — (Natalie Coughlin won 6)
Backstroke sweeps — (Franklin and others have done it once; no woman has done it twice)

Katie Ledecky
U.S. female gold medals, one Olympics — (Franklin, Van Dyken-Rouen share the record of 4)
U.S. female medals, one Olympics — (Coughlin won 6)
Sweep 200m, 400m, 800m freestyles — (Only done by Debbie Meyer in 1968)

Natalie Coughlin
U.S. female medals — (shares the record of 12 with Thompson, Dara Torres)

Ryan Lochte
Oldest individual swim gold medalist — (Lochte will be 32)

Simone Biles
U.S. female gymnastics medals, one Olympics — (Nastia LiukinShannon MillerMary Lou Retton share the record of 5)
U.S. female gymnastics gold medals — (shared record is 2)

Gabby Douglas
U.S. female gymnastics gold medals — (shares the record of 2)
Gymnastics all-around gold medals — (can tie the record of 2)

Aly Raisman
U.S. female gymnastics gold medals — (shares the record of 2)

Allyson Felix
U.S. female gold medals — (Felix has 4; Thompson has 8)
Female track and field gold medals — (shares record of 4)
U.S. track and field medals — (Felix has 6; Lewis has 10)
Female track and field medals — (Merlene Ottey has 9)

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Rampone
Consecutive female gold medals, team event — (All have 3; Lisa Leslie won 4)

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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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, bracket

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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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