Delaney Schnell, Katrina Young complete U.S. Olympic diving team in individual platform


Delaney Schnell had never won an individual diving competition at the senior level — until Sunday night when it mattered most.

Schnell landed a cumulative, three-round score of 1021.9 points to win the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials plus a spot in a second event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer.

She had first qualified in synchronized platform with partner and 2016 Olympian Jessica Parratto.

“It definitely helps that I qualified on Friday night, and it made it even easier for me to go out and enjoy it, work on my mentality and have fun,” Schnell told NBC reporter Kelli Stavast.

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The 22-year-old topped a field that included four Olympians, though that comes as no surprise as she has been one of the U.S.’ best prospects for an Olympic medal since winning bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

Schnell ended a 14-year medal drought for U.S. women at the event.

Katrina Young, 29, will join her in the individual platform contest in Tokyo. A 2016 Olympian, Young was the leader after the semifinal in Indianapolis, but fell out of Olympic contention on her second dive.

That changed on the fifth and final dive, where she passed Murphy Bromberg and secured a return to the Games by a mere 2.95 points over Bromberg.

A four-time U.S. and two-time Grand Prix champion, Bromberg was third at the 2016 Olympic Trials as well. She and Young also finished runner-up to Schnell and Parratto in the synchro contest this week, where only one team goes to the Olympics.

“It’s wonderful,” Young said of making the team. “I’m in shock a little bit right now. This was the plan, but it was a roller coaster.”

Young missed the Olympic final in Rio by one spot and is excited to have another shot.

Her grandmother, Elaine Silburn, represented Canada at the London 1948 Olympics, competing in the high jump, long jump and 4×100 relay. According to Young, Silburn then went on to become a well-renowned dog-show judge and restaurant owner.

Parratto placed fourth with 973.73 points, followed by Abigail Knapton (930.3) and Amy Cozad Magaña (922.2), Parratto’s synchro partner in Rio.

The only Olympic medalist in the field, Laura Wilkinson finished 10th with 804.3 points. Making the final was a win itself for the 43-year-old mother of four, who returned to the sport a few years ago after initially retiring in 2008 following her third Games.

Wilkinson won gold in Sydney in 2000, when she famously rose from eighth to first in the final. Her Olympic gold remains the last by a U.S. woman. Her 2005 World title was also the last medal by a U.S. woman at that event until Schnell two years ago.

Wilkinson has yet to say if this was her final competition.

Individual women’s platform was the final event of Trials.

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Diving Team consists of 11 athletes, eight of whom are making their Olympic debut in Tokyo. Three will compete in both an individual and synchronized event.

The team includes Alison Gibson (synchronized springboard), Hailey Hernandez (individual springboard), Krysta Palmer (individual springboard, synchronized springboard), Jessica Parratto (synchronized platform), Schnell (individual platform, synchronized platform), Young (individual platform), Andrew Capobianco (individual springboard, synchronized springboard), Tyler Downs (individual springboard), Michael Hixon (synchronized springboard), Brandon Loschiavo (individual platform) and Jordan Windle (individual platform).

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Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz set French Open semifinal showdown


Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play in the French Open semifinals on Friday in the most anticipated match of the tournament.

Each man advanced with a quarterfinal win on Tuesday.

Djokovic, eyeing a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title, rallied past 11th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-4. The Serb reached his 45th career major semifinal, one shy of Roger Federer‘s men’s record.

Later Tuesday, top seed Alcaraz crushed fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to consolidate his status as the favorite in Friday’s showdown.

“This match, everyone wants to watch,” Alcaraz said. “I really wanted to play this match as well. I always say that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

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Alcaraz, who at last year’s U.S. Open became the first male teen to win a major since Rafael Nadal in 2005, is at this event the youngest man to be the top seed at a major since Boris Becker at 1987 Wimbledon.

The Djokovic-Alcaraz semifinal will produce the clear favorite for Sunday’s final given left-handed 14-time French Open champion Nadal is out this year with a hip injury and No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev lost in the first round. Djokovic and Nadal share the record 22 men’s major titles.

Djokovic and Alcaraz met once, with Alcaraz winning last year on clay in Madrid 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“[Alcaraz] brings a lot of intensity on the court,” Djokovic said, before breaking into a smile. “Reminds me of someone from his country that plays with a left hand.”

Alcaraz and Djokovic were set to be on opposite halves of the draw — and thus not able to meet until the final — until Medvedev won the last top-level clay event before the French Open to move ahead of Djokovic in the rankings. That meant Djokovic had a 50 percent chance to wind up in Alcaraz’s half, and that’s what the random draw spit out two weeks ago.

Earlier Tuesday in the first two women’s quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and 43rd-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova advanced to face off in Thursday’s semifinals.

Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, swept Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to complete her set of semifinals in all four Grand Slams. Sabalenka will take the No. 1 ranking from Iga Swiatek if Swiatek loses before the final, or if Sabalenka makes the final and Swiatek does not win the title.

Svitolina, a former world No. 3, returned to competition in April from childbirth.

Muchova took out 2021 French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-2, to make her second major semifinal after the 2021 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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2023 French Open Men’s Singles Draw

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