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Usain Bolt wins 3rd consecutive 200 Olympic gold medal

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt greatest competitor isn’t the field, but rather the world records he’s set. While Bolt didn’t accomplish his goal of breaking the world record of 19.19 seconds that he set in the 200, he easily blew away the field to win the event for a third consecutive Summer Olympics.

Bolt finished in 19.78 seconds, winning his final individual Olympic race. Now his attention will turn to the 4×100, an event that Jamaica has won (with Bolt’s help, of course) in the last two Olympics.

WATCH: Bolt seizes 200m gold for third straight time

Taking silver was Canada’s Andre De Grasse with a time of 20.02 seconds, with France’s Christophe LeMaitre taking bronze with a time of 20.12 seconds. Bolt was out in front from the start, and the margin by which he defeated De Grasse (.24 seconds) is larger than the margin separating second place from seventh (.21 seconds). While Bolt’s dominance in the 100 and 200 have long been a common occurrence, that doesn’t make his accomplishments any less extraordinary.

Both De Grasse and LeMaitre ended long streaks without a medal in the 200 for their nations, with De Grasse being the first Canadian to medal in the 200 since 1928 (Percy Williams, gold) and LeMaitre being the first Frenchman to medal since 1960 (Abdoulaye Seye, bronze).

American LaShawn Merritt finished sixth with a time of 20.19 seconds, as he failed to add to the bronze he won in the 400 meters. Merritt will look to win a second medal in these Games as part of the U.S. 4×400 relay team.

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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