World Indoor Track and Field Championships broadcast schedule; athletes to watch

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The U.S. will host its second-ever World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Portland, Ore., from Thursday through Sunday, with live daily coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s the competition schedule.

Here’s the broadcast schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra 

Friday
1:30-5:45 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
8 p.m.-12 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra

Saturday
12:30-2 a.m. — NBCSN (tape)
2-5 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
8-11 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
9:30-11 p.m. — NBCSN (live)

Sunday:
3:30-6 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
4-6 p.m. — NBCSN (live)

Here are five athletes to watch (all times Eastern):

Jenn Suhr (Pole Vault, Thursday, 10:05 p.m.): The Olympic champion is trying to rebound after missing the World Outdoor Championships podium in August. She’s well on her way, having broken her 2013 indoor world record with a 5.03-meter clearance on Jan. 30.

Ashton Eaton (Heptathlon, Friday and Saturday): The Olympic and World champion and world-record holder in the decathlon is also the World champion in the indoor heptathlon. Eaton owns the four highest point totals in the event’s history, led by his world record 6,645 from the 2012 World Indoors. He came 13 points shy of that mark in his last heptathlon at the 2014 World Indoors. Last Friday, Eaton needed six stitches in his forehead after a pole-vault bar fell on him.

Trayvon Bromell (60m, final Friday 8:40 p.m.): The 20-year-old shared 100m bronze at last summer’s World Championships. He’s the only man from that podium competing in Portland, with Usain BoltJustin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse absent. His primary competition in the 60m will come from veterans Asafa Powell, 33, and Kim Collins, 39, and countrymen Marvin Bracy and Mike Rodgers.

Vashti Cunningham (high jump, Sunday, 1 p.m.): The high school senior broke the world junior record en route to winning the U.S. indoor title with the highest clearance in the world this year last Saturday. The daughter of NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham could become the youngest U.S. Olympic track and field competitor since 1976 this summer. But first, she’ll make her global championship debut in Portland.

Genzebe Dibaba (3000m, Sunday, 1:45 p.m.): Dibaba is the greatest distance runner in the world today and arguably the greatest track and field athlete, too. The Ethiopian owns world records outdoors (1500m) and indoors (1500m, mile, 3000m and 5000m). Her indoor 3000m world record, which she may try to break Sunday, is 7.12 seconds faster than any other woman in history. The No. 2 woman all time, countrywoman Meseret Defar, is also entered in the 3000m in Portland.

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