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Dutee Chand, reinstated Indian sprinter, eyes Olympic final

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Dutee Chand made the time just in time.

Less than six weeks before the Rio de Janeiro Games, Chand became the first female Indian sprinter in 36 years to qualify for the Olympics.

She ran the 100m at an international meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 11.24 seconds, well under the Olympic qualifying standard of 11.32.

She was the silver medalist in the race, a year after the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a landmark ruling that challenged her suspension for hyperandrogenism, a condition which produces higher than normal testosterone levels in women.

“It has been a tough year for me. My hard work and that of my coach has paid off,” a relieved Chand said in Almaty after winning her heat.

Chand was suspended two years ago by the IAAF because of hyperandrogenism. But with the support of a group of lawyers and sports enthusiasts, Chand appealed to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying her suspension was discriminatory and against the spirit of sport.

Last year, sport’s highest court decided in her favor, ordering the IAAF to suspend the regulations for two years to allow athletics’ global body to gather evidence as to whether hyperandrogenism offers a performance advantage.

Chand will be only the second female Indian sprinter to run in the Olympics. P.T. Usha competed in the 100 and 200 at the 1980 Moscow Games, but Chand will be the first since qualification standards were introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

For Chand, it has been a long hard journey to Rio.

The daughter of poor weavers in the eastern state of Orissa, she fought poverty before her athletic talent was noticed by state sports authorities.

At 18, Chand had just returned from winning two gold medals at the Asian junior championships and was looking forward to representing India at the world junior championships and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland when she was dropped from the team because of the excessive but naturally occurring testosterone.

After CAS’ ruling last July, she and her coach Nagapuri Ramesh moved to the southern city of Hyderabad to begin a punishing regime to qualify for Rio.

“Dutee has great resilience. For her to continue performing while under so much pressure and so much scrutiny, is remarkable,” says Payoshni Mitra, Chand’s government-appointed adviser, who lobbied for Chand’s reinstatement to competition.

Her case was similar to that of South African 800-meter runner Caster Semenya, who was sidelined from competition for almost a year after winning the 2009 world championship at age 18. Semenya was eventually cleared by the IAAF, and won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She will be in Rio, too.

At Almaty on Saturday, local Viktoriya Zyabkina won the 100 in 11.15, and Chand trailed in a relieving 11.244.

“There was pressure to qualify for the Olympics and I was tense but now, as I have qualified, my dream has come true,” Chand was quoted as saying in The Indian Express newspaper. “I now hope to enter the final at the Olympic Games.”

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Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years

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Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.

“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.

Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.

She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.

Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.

Full results are here.

The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.

Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.

Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.

It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.

Worlds conclude Sunday with the men’s road race. A TV and stream schedule is here.

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2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.

NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.

All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.

The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.

The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but 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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French Open TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, Sept. 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. NBC
Monday, Sept. 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Tuesday, Sept. 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, Oct. 1 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, Oct. 2 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, Oct. 3 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Sunday, Oct. 4 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Monday, Oct. 5 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Tuesday, Oct. 6 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 7 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final