NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold will air comprehensive live coverage of the USATF Outdoor Championships (Summer Champions Series) in Sacramento, Calif., from Thursday through Sunday.
The U.S. Championships serve as a qualifying meet for the world championships in London in August. The top three finishers per event this week make the worlds team, should they reach the qualifying times or marks.
In addition to the top three, reigning world champions from 2015 and Diamond League champions from 2016 receive automatic byes into worlds, should they toe the start line in Sacramento.
That list includes Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt in the 400m, Christian Taylor in the triple jump and Keni Harrison in the 100m hurdles.
The headliners include most of the 40 U.S. athletes who earned medals in Rio. A full schedule of events is here.
The nine-time Olympic medalist Felix is expected to contest the 100m and 200m in Sacramento. She has a bye into the worlds 400m.
Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin faces a new crop of sprinters in his bid to make the worlds team at age 35. Only one American in history has raced a 100m at an Olympics or worlds at a more advanced age — Gail Devers at Athens 2004 at 37.
Notable absentees will be retired decathlete Ashton Eaton and 100m hurdles gold medalist Brianna Rollins, who is serving a suspension.
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|Day||Time (ET)||Network||Key Events|
|Thursday||1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold||100m first round, 10,000m finals|
|Friday||3:45-10:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold||100m semis, men’s triple jump final|
|Friday||10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.||NBCSN, Gold||100m finals, 5000m finals|
|Saturday||1:45-4 p.m.; 6-6:30||NBC Sports Gold||200m first round, men’s pole vault|
|Saturday||4-6 p.m.||NBC, Gold||400m finals, men’s 1500m final|
|Sunday||9:45 a.m.-4 p.m.; 6-6:10||NBC Sports Gold||200m semis, men’s shot put|
|Sunday||4-6 p.m.||NBC, Gold||200m finals, 110m hurdles final|