At the turn for home, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas appeared to be well positioned to win her Olympic gold medal. But thanks to a hard-charging Allyson Felix, Miller needed to dive (or stumble, depending upon your viewpoint) through the finish line to ensure that her first medal would be gold.
Miller finished in 49.44 seconds, beating Felix by seven one-hundredths of a second to win Bahamas’ first gold medal of these Olympics. The result is also a reversal of the 400 meter final at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, which was won by Felix with Miller taking silver. Felix may not have accomplished the goal of her first Olympic gold medal in the 400 (the others have been won in either the 200 or in relays), but she did manage to make history.
The silver medal is the seventh Olympic medal of Felix’s career, which makes her the most decorated American female track and field athlete in history. Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the record-holder with six medals prior to Monday night.
Taking bronze was Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, who finished in 49.85 seconds. Americans Natasha Hastings (50.34 seconds) and Phyllis Jackson (50.41 seconds) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
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.
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.