World indoor track and field championships: U.S. wins medal in every Day 1 event


The U.S. won a silver or bronze medal in all six finals on the first day of the three-day world indoor track and field championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Leading the way with silver medals were Mikiah Brisco (women’s 60m), Elle Purrier St. Pierre (women’s 3000m) and Chase Ealey (women’s shot put).

The Americans earned bronze in the women’s 60m (Marybeth Sant-Price) and pentathlon (Kendell Williams) and the men’s long jump (Marquis Dendy) and triple jump (Donald Scott).

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Brisco was nipped by Swiss Mujinga Kambundji in the 60m final. Kambundji, an Olympic finalist in the 100m and 200m, passed the American in the last meters and clocked 6.96 seconds, edging Brisco by .03.

Brisco earned her first individual medal in her first individual race at a global championships. She became the third American woman to break seven seconds in the 60m, and the first since 1999, joining Gail Devers and Marion Jones, who both ran 6.95.

Jamaica, which has dominated the sprints, did not send its Tokyo Olympic gold and silver medalists Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to world indoors.

Also Friday, Purrier St. Pierre earned her first global championships medal, doing so in her complementary event. Purrier St. Pierre failed to make the U.S. team in the 1500m, which she won at the Olympic Trials.

She bounced back, and in the 3000m final, moved up from fourth or fifth at the bell to take silver, .22 behind Ethiopian Lemlem Hailu.

Ealey, fifth in the Olympic Trials shot put, tied 2016 Olympic champion Michelle Carter‘s American indoor record with a 20.21-meter throw. Auriol Dongmo of Portugal won at 20.43.

In heats Friday, Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medalist Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Olympic 400m champion Shaunae-Miller Uibo of the Bahamas were two of the three fastest qualifiers into Saturday’s women’s 400m final. Neither American made it out of the heats.

American Isaiah Harris was the fastest qualifier into Saturday’s men’s 800m final. Bryce Hoppel, an Olympic semifinalist, also qualified. None of the Olympic finalists are in the field.

Americans Josette Norris and Heather MacLean made Saturday’s women’s 1500m final, which also includes world-record holder Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

World Indoors continue Saturday, highlighted by an anticipated showdown in the men’s 60m between world 100m champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy.

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Novak Djokovic breaks record he shared with Rafael Nadal at French Open

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Novak Djokovic broke a tie with rival Rafael Nadal by reaching the French Open quarterfinals for the record 17th time, never truly in trouble during a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Juan Pablo Varillas on Sunday.

Djokovic is closing on bettering Nadal in a more prestigious category: Grand Slam singles championships. Both currently sit at 22. For Djokovic, that total includes two at Roland Garros, in 2016 and 2021, and he can become the first man to own at least three trophies from each major tournament.

Nadal is a 14-time champion in Paris but is missing this time because of a hip injury; he had arthroscopic surgery Friday night.

Against the 94th-ranked Varillas, who had never won a Slam match until this event and then took three in a row in five sets, Djokovic was, not surprisingly, at his dominant best at Court Philippe Chatrier on a warm, sunny day.

The 36-year-old from Serbia finished with more than twice as many winners, 35-15, and fewer unforced errors. He went 15 for 17 on trips to the net. He put in 80% of his first serves. He converted 6 of 12 break points while dropping his serve only once.

All in all, a no-drama showing in under two hours from Djokovic, who hasn’t ceded a set yet through four matches. He’s had his less-than-amiable back-and-forths with some spectators over the past week in Paris, but when this one ended, Djokovic gestured as though to hug everyone as he heard some chants of his two-syllable nickname, “No-le!”

In his 55th career major quarterfinal — Roger Federer, who retired with 58, is the only man to reach more — and 14th in a row at Roland Garros, the No. 3-seeded Djokovic will face No. 11 Karen Khachanov on Tuesday.

Khachanov, who is 1-8 against Djokovic, made it this far at a Slam for the fifth time by defeating Lorenzo Sonego 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-1.

The other men’s fourth-round matches Sunday were No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz vs. No. 17 Lorenzo Musetti, and No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Sebastian Ofner.

Two unseeded women moved into quarterfinals and will play each other next: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2021 runner-up at Roland Garros, and Karolina Muchova.

Pavlyuchenkova, who missed last year’s tournament as part of a lengthy absence with a knee injury, got past a third consecutive seeded opponent, No. 28 Elise Mertens, by a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 score.

Muchova was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against Elina Avanesyan, who lost in qualifying but got into the main draw when another player withdrew.

The other women’s matches scheduled for later: No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, and No. 9 Daria Kasatkina vs. Elina Svitolina.

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French Open doubles team disqualified after tennis ball hits ball girl

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French Open doubles player Miyu Kato and her partner were forced to forfeit a match when Kato accidentally hit a ball girl in the neck with a ball after a point on Sunday.

In the second set on Court 14 at Roland Garros, Kato took a swing with her racket and the ball flew toward the ball kid, who was not looking in the player’s direction while heading off the court.

At first, chair umpire Alexandre Juge only issued a warning to Kato. But after tournament referee Remy Azemar and Grand Slam supervisor Wayne McEwen went to Court 14 to look into what happened, Kato and her partner, Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia, were disqualified.

That made Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic and Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain the winners of the match.

“It’s just a bad situation for everyone,” Bouzkova said. “But it’s kind of something that, I guess, is taken by the rules, as it is, even though it’s very unfortunate for them. … At the end of the day, it was the referee’s decision.”

Bouzkova said she did not see the ball hit the ball girl, but “she was crying for like 15 minutes.”

She said one of the officials said the ball “has to do some kind of harm to the person affected” and that “at first, (Juge) didn’t see that.”

Bouzkova said she and Sorribes Tormo told Juge “to look into it more and ask our opponents what they think happened.”

During Coco Gauff’s 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 singles victory over Mirra Andreeva on Saturday, Andreev swatted a ball into the Court Suzanne Lenglen stands after dropping a point in the first set. Andreev was given a warning by the chair umpire for unsportsmanlike conduct but no further penalty.

“I heard about that. Didn’t see it,” Bouzkova said. “I guess it just depends on the circumstances and the given situation as it happens. … It is difficult, for sure.

In the quarterfinals, Bouzkova and Sorribes Tormo will face Ellen Perez of Australia and Nicole Melichar-Martinez of the United States.

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