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Two U.S. track and field athletes in line for Olympic medals after DQs

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Another batch of positive retests from 2008 Olympic doping samples could lead to a pair of Americans being upgraded to bronze medals from the Beijing Games.

Those Americans are high jumper Chaunté Lowe and pole vaulter Derek Miles.

In the women’s high jump, doping samples from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol.

The third-place finisher was 2012 Olympic champion Anna Chicherova. The fourth-place finisher was 2004 Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko. Both are from Russia, and both remain Olympic champions.

Lowe finished sixth originally in Beijing.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified the Beijing results of Chicherova, Slesarenko and fifth-place Vita Palamar of Ukraine. It requested track and field’s international governing body, the IAAF, to modify results and take any further action.

In the pole vault, Ukraine’s Denis Yurchenko was stripped of his bronze medal. Miles finished fourth and would be in line to earn the bronze should the medal be reallocated.

“I’d heard they were going back and testing samples of Ukrainian and Russian athletes from eight years ago,” Miles said, according to the (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader. “There was another Ukrainian who’d tested positive recently and he’d been a training partner with Yurchenko.

“The more I think about it, the cool thing about this is what it would mean for the people close to me. A lot of people went through a lot — my wife, my parents, [coach] Lucky Huber, my agents and a bunch of others — with me throughout my career. That will be the fun part now. Maybe we’ll have a little mini-celebration at home.”

In all, the IOC stripped 10 athletes of 2008 Olympic medals across track and field, weightlifting and wrestling on Thursday.

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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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