Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin took first place in the anticipated 100m race against U.S. track & field champion Noah Lyles at Friday’s Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Gatlin defended his title despite a rough start and clocked in 9.91, runner-up Noah Lyles came only one hundredth of a second behind with 9.92.
“I had to put down the pedal to the metal and cross the line first” said Gatlin after the race.
Despite placing second, Lyles didn’t seem too disappointed and seems ready for another chance to challenge Gatlin.
“I can just change a few things around, and that can be quick” says Lyles
Mike Rodgers came in third place, which gave the U.S. the top three spots on the podium.
In other events:
Two-time Olympic medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo continues her undefeated streak by winning the 200m in 22.09. Elaine Thompson came in second place.
Sydney McLaughlin dominated in the 400m hurdles taking her second win on the road with a time of 53.32. Ashley Spencer finished in second place with a time of 54.46.
Sifan Hassan became the world’s fastest woman in the 1500m by setting a World Record in the event with a time of 4:12.33. It’s the fastest time that’s been posted in the 1500m since Svetlana Masterkova’s personal-best time of 4:12.56 set in 1996.
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.