WATCH LIVE: Penn Relays, Drake Relays at 12:30 p.m. ET

Justin Gatlin

The outdoor track and field season continues to ramp up with two of the most storied U.S. meets Saturday.

The 120th Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the 105th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, will air back to back on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The professional events at the Penn Relays are dubbed “USA vs. The World” with matchups generally coming down to the U.S. and Jamaica. The Drake Relays include individual and relay events featuring Olympic champions.

Penn Relays, 12:30 p.m. ET; Drake Relays, 3 p.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are highlighted Penn Relays events:

Women’s 4x100m relay (12:35 p.m.) — Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart, 2013 World Championships silver medalist Alexandria Anderson.
Men’s 4x100m relay (1:05 p.m.) — Olympic medalists Justin GatlinWalter Dix and Michael Frater.
Women’s sprint medley relay (1:15 p.m.) — 2013 World Championships silver medalist Alexandria Anderson.
Men’s distance medley relay (2:05 p.m.) — Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano.
Women’s 4x400m relay (2:35 p.m.) — Olympic and world medalists DeeDee TrotterJessica Beard and Shericka Williams.
Men’s 4x400m relay (2:52 p.m.) — Bahamas’ entire Olympic gold medal team; U.S. Olympian Manteo Mitchell.

Here are highlighted Drake Relays events:

Women’s high jump (2:45 p.m.) — Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett, 2012 Olympian Chaunte Lowe.
Women’s 400m hurdles (3:10 p.m.) — Olympic silver medalist Lashinda Demus, 2008 Olympian Tiffany Ross-Williams.
Men’s pole vault (3:15 p.m.) — Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.
Women’s 100m hurdles (3:36 p.m.) — 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, 2013 world champion Brianna Rollins, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells.
Men’s 4x110m shuttle hurdle relay (3:52 p.m.) — Olympic champion Aries Merritt, 2013 world champion David Oliver.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, live on Peacock

Ironman Kona World Championship

The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona, Thursday, 12 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”


Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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