Gymnastics Olympic Trials, P&G Championships broadcast schedule

Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles

The U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics team will be finalized this weekend, and the women’s team will move one meet away from being announced.

The U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics trials and the women’s P&G Championships are in St. Louis, aired on NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports App, from Thursday through Sunday.

Start with the men, who compete Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online) and Saturday (8 p.m. ET online; 9 p.m. on NBC). The five-member U.S. Olympic team will be announced on Sunday.

At least three of the five members, perhaps all five, will be chosen by a committee based primarily off results from the P&G Championships three weeks ago and the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday and Saturday.

A gymnast can clinch an automatic Olympic berth by finishing in the top two in the all-around and the top three in three of the six events in combined standings after four days of competition at the P&G Championships and Olympic Trials. Nobody currently meets that criteria at the halfway point after the P&G Championships.

However, Sam Mikulak is a heavy favorite to make his second Olympic team, as he won his fourth straight U.S. all-around title three weeks ago. Chris Brooks and London Olympian Jacob Dalton are also in strong position, having placed second and third in the all-around behind Mikulak at the P&G Championships.

The two best U.S. gymnasts from 2012, Danell Leyva and John Orozco, are in danger of missing the Olympic team after struggling at the P&G Championships.

The U.S. women compete in their P&G Championships in St. Louis on Friday and Sunday (both 8:30 p.m. ET online, 9 p.m. ET on NBC). No woman will earn an Olympic spot this weekend, but they can bolster their bids.

The five-woman Olympic team will be named July 10, following the two-day U.S. Olympic women’s trials in San Jose, Calif. The Olympic Trials all-around winner automatically qualifies for the Olympic team, while a committee selects the other four.

In St. Louis, the favorite will be three-time reigning U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles, who has not lost an all-around competition since 2013. She’ll be challenged by Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, who took silver behind Biles at the 2015 World Championships.

Three-time 2012 Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is also a favorite to make the Olympic team. Maggie Nichols, the only American to compete on all four events in the 2015 Worlds team final, is expected to return from arthroscopic knee surgery to compete for the first time since March 5.

Day Time (ET) Network Competition
Thursday 8:30-11 p.m. Online Men Day 1
8:30-11 p.m. NBCSN Men Day 1
Friday 8:30-11 p.m. Online Women Day 1
9-11 p.m. NBC Women Day 1
Saturday 8-11 p.m. Online Men Day 2
9-11 p.m. NBC Men Day 2
Sunday 8:30-11 p.m. Online Women Day 2
9-11 p.m. NBC Women Day 2

MORE: Full NBC Olympic Trials broadcast schedule

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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