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World Indoor Track and Field Championships broadcast schedule

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The World Indoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday in Sopot, Poland, which is six hours ahead of Eastern Time.

Universal Sports will provide live online coverage here and taped TV highlights for the meet that runs through Sunday.

The World Indoor Championships field includes U.S. Olympic champions Ashton Eaton (heptathlon) and Jenn Suhr (pole vault), Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat (3000m), defending world champion Ryan Whiting (shot put) and rising sprinter Marvin Bracy (60m), among others.

The international field is highlighted by Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica (60m) and Sally Pearson of Australia (60m hurdles).

The full event-by-event schedule is here. The daily broadcast schedule with key events is below:

Date Time (ET) Session Key Events
Friday 4 a.m. (live online) Day 400m heats, Heptathlon, Pentathlon
Friday 11:15 a.m. (live online) Evening 400m semis, MShot Put final, Heptathlon, Pentathlon
Friday 8 p.m. (TV) Evening Day 1 Highlights
Saturday 4 a.m. (live online) Day M60m hurdles heats, Heptathlon
Saturday 12 p.m. (live online) Evening M60m, W60m hurdles finals, Heptathlon
Saturday 8 p.m. (TV) Evening Day 2 Highlights
Sunday 9:50 a.m. (live online) Evening WPole Vault, M3000m, W60m finals
Sunday 8 p.m. (TV) Evening Day 3 Highlights

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WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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