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Russia Olympic hammer throw champion banned for doping

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MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic hammer throw champion Tatyana Beloborodova of Russia has been suspended in a doping case, the IAAF said Tuesday, potentially increasing pressure on the country’s track and field team.

Russian state media reported that a sample Beloborodova gave at the 2005 World Championships had tested positive in a retest. The IAAF did not confirm the claim.

Beloborodova previously served a two-year ban for steroid use in 2007, and a second offense could leave her with a lengthy ban, potentially affecting the Olympic gold medal she won in 2012.

The 32-year-old Beloborodova, who was known as Tatyana Lysenko until 2014, has also won two World titles and is a former world-record holder in the hammer. She returned to competition last year after giving birth, but has not competed this season.

Russia is currently banned from all international track and field competitions, including the Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report in November detailed systematic, state-sponsored doping. However, Russia hopes to have the suspension lifted before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Samples from older competitions, including the Olympics, are often retested years later to allow them to be examined with the most modern equipment available.

Previous retesting of some 2005 samples in 2013 revealed banned substances in samples given by five medal winners. However, the latest round of retests, which began last year, is controversial.

A Russian runner, Tatyana Andrianova, was banned by the IAAF in December after the banned substance stanozolol was found in her 2005 sample, costing her a bronze medal in the 800 meters.

However, the IAAF says Andrianova is now appealing the verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A key issue is the IAAF’s interpretation of the time limit for retesting samples, which was increased from eight to 10 years by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

That prompted the IAAF to launch the retesting program which caught Andrianova, but there has been opposition to this retrospective increase. Under the eight-year limit in force in 2005, she and other doped athletes at the 2005 championships would not have been eligible for retesting after 2013.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Tuesday told Russian news agency R-Sport that he believed those retests were illegal.

“In our view, the given situation is a breach of the relevant rule,” Mutko said. “We will dispute it.”

The IAAF said it would not comment further on any doping cases from the 2005 Worlds until Andrianova’s legal dispute is resolved.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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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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