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Russian shot put medalist failed doping retest, Canadian medalist husband says

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Russian Evgeniia Kolodko, the 2012 Olympic women’s shot put silver medalist, is one of the 23 athletes from the London Olympics whose doping samples came up positive in recent retests, her husband, Canadian Olympic shot put medalist Dylan Armstrong, said in a Tuesday statement, according to CBC.

Kolodko originally took bronze in the 2012 Olympic shot put but was upgraded to silver after the original winner, Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, failed drug tests.

“I have, earlier this week, learned that my wife Evgeniia Kolodko, a Russian Olympic Athlete whom I met in 2012 and married in a private civil ceremony in British Columbia Canada in September 2015, is among the eight Russian athletes recently named by the International Olympic Committee as testing positive for doping during the 2012 London Olympics,” Armstrong said in the statement, adding that he did not know Kolodko before the London Games, according to CBC.

Armstrong’s statement did not say whether Kolodko took performance-enhancing drugs. Results from retesting of B samples from 2012 have not been released.

“Today’s news is especially difficult as it affects both the Olympic Athletic Community I am part of — and someone I love deeply,” the statement said. “I will encourage my wife to cooperate fully with the International Olympic Committee and with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they determine the appropriate actions to be taken.”

Kolodko last competed in 2014. Armstrong last competed in 2013.

Armstrong finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic men’s shot put and was upgraded to the bronze medal in 2014, after the original third-place finisher, Andrei Mikhnevich, was stripped of it for doping.

“News of athlete doping is very disheartening for competitive athletes who are committed to competing clean,” Armstrong said in Tuesday’s statement, according to CBC. “I have never condoned doping in sport. I also know personally how disheartening it can be after waiting more than 6 years after the 2008 Beijing to receive my Olympic bronze medal due to the doping practices of a competitor. I have been consistently outspoken about my position on doping which is zero tolerance.”

Russian TV reported over the weekend that Kolodko and 2012 Olympic hammer throw champion Tatyana Beloborodova were among the positives from the recent 2012 Olympic doping retests.

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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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