Olympic Swimming Trials event-by-event outlook for Monday night

Katie Ledecky
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OMAHA — An event-by-event look at Monday night’s Olympic Swimming Trials semifinals and finals session (8 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports app):

Women’s 100m Butterfly Final
Olympic champion Dana Vollmer, coming back from March 2015 childbirth, and Kelsi Worrell are massive favorites to secure the two Olympic berths. They were nearly one second faster than the rest of the qualifiers from Sunday’s semifinals.

Men’s 200m Freestyle Semifinals
Ryan Lochte
, groin injury and all, actually swam faster in his preliminary heat Monday morning than he did in the same race four years ago. He safely qualified fifth into the 16-swimmer semifinals but said he was still in pain. The top eight between two semifinals Monday night will make Tuesday’s final. Conor Dwyer, the 2013 World silver medalist who made the Olympic 400m free team Sunday, was the fastest Monday morning.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semifinals
Lilly King
, the top-ranked American this year, qualified fastest into the semis, .12 ahead of Katie Meili, who was the fastest American last year. Former world-record holder Jessica Hardy made it with the fourth fastest time in prelims.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final
Kevin Cordes broke a seven-year-old American record in Sunday’s semifinals, and Cody Miller was only .15 behind Cordes. They are clear favorites to make their first Olympic team. Michael Andrew, a 17-year-old who turned pro at 14, is a dark horse as the fourth seed going into the final.

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Women’s 400m Freestyle Final
The question is who will finish second to Katie Ledecky, who had the fastest qualifying time Monday morning by a half-second. It could be Olympic silver medalist Allison Schmitt, or it could be Leah Smith, who entered Trials as the second-fastest woman in the world this year behind Ledecky. Smith was 3.52 seconds faster than Schmitt in their preliminary heat.

Men’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals
David Plummer
Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers have been the three fastest Americans, in some order, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They qualified first, fourth and fifth into the semifinals as they head toward a final showdown Tuesday night.

Women’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals
London Olympic champion Missy Franklin qualified fifth fastest into the 16-swimmer semifinals. Athens and Beijing Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin was seventh fastest. Rachel Bootsma, who finished between Franklin and Coughlin at 2012 Trials and was 11th in London, placed 18th overall in the prelims and will miss the semifinals unless two swimmers scratch.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz
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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.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

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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IOC board recommends withdrawing International Boxing Association’s recognition

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The IOC finally ran out of patience with the International Boxing Federation on Wednesday and set a date to terminate its Olympic status this month.

While boxing will still be on the program at the 2024 Paris Games, the International Olympic Committee said its executive board has asked the full membership to withdraw its recognition of the IBA at a special meeting on June 22.

IOC members rarely vote against recommendations from their 15-member board and the IBA’s ouster is likely a formality.

The IOC had already suspended the IBA’s recognition in 2019 over long-standing financial, sports integrity and governance issues. The Olympic body oversaw the boxing competitions itself at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 and will do so again for Paris.

An IOC statement said the boxing body “has failed to fulfil the conditions set by the IOC … for lifting the suspension of the IBA’s recognition.”

The IBA criticized what it called a “truly abhorrent and purely political” decision by the IOC and warned of “retaliatory measures.”

“Now, we are left with no chance but to demand a fair assessment from a competent court,” the boxing body’s Russian president Umar Kremlev said in a statement.

The IOC-IBA standoff has also put boxing’s place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games at risk, though that should now be resolved.

The IOC previously stressed it has no problem with the sport or its athletes — just the IBA and its current president Kremlev, plus financial dependence on Russian state energy firm Gazprom.

In a 24-page report on IBA issues published Wednesday, the IOC concluded “the accumulation of all of these points, and the constant lack of drastic evolution throughout the many years, creates a situation of no-return.”

Olympic boxing’s reputation has been in question for decades. Tensions heightened after boxing officials worldwide ousted long-time IOC member C.K. Wu as their president in 2017 when the organization was known by its French acronym AIBA.

“From a disreputable organization named AIBA governed by someone from the IOC’s upper echelon, we committed to and executed a change in the toxic and corrupt culture that was allowed to fester under the IOC for far too long,” Kremlev said Wednesday in a statement.

National federations then defied IOC warnings in 2018 by electing as their president Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan with alleged ties to organized crime and heroin trafficking.

Kremlev’s election to replace Rakhimov in 2020 followed another round of IOC warnings that went unheeded.

Amid the IBA turmoil, a rival organization called World Boxing has attracted initial support from officials in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

The IBA can still continue to organize its own events and held the men’s world championships last month in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.

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