WATCH LIVE: Swimming gets underway with men’s, women’s 400m IM

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Things get going at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Saturday afternoon, with the heats in six different competitions being held during the afternoon session. Action begins at 12:00 p.m., with the preliminary heats airing on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app starting with the men’s 400 meter individual medley.

WATCH: Swimming Day 1 Preliminaries on NBCOlympics.com

The men’s 400 meter individual medley has been won by an American in every Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. Looking to keep that streak alive are Jay Litherland and Chase Kalisz, who will bot compete in heat four with Litherland in lane three and Kalisz in lane five. In between them in lane four will be Japan’s Daiya Seto, whose qualifying time of 4:08.50 being the fastest in the field. In fact the Japanese have the two fastest qualifiers in the event, with Kosuke Hagino (4:08.54) swimming in heat three.

Also being held is the women’s 400 meter individual medley with Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel representing the United States, with DiRado swimming in heat four and Beisel in heat five. Also competing in the women’s 400 meter individual medley is Hungary’s Katinkia Hosszu, whose qualifying time of 4:29.89 is the fastest of any competitor in the field. Hosszu will be in heat five, swimming out of lane four with Beisel in lane two.

In the women’s 100 meter butterfly the United States’ Kelsi Worrell and Dana Vollmer are among the fastest qualifiers, with Worrell being the fastest at 56.48 seconds, and they’ll be swimming in heats four and three respectively. The men’s 400 meter freestyle has seven heats to run Saturday afternoon, with Americans Connor Jaeger (heat six, lane five) and Conor Dwyer (heat seven, lane two) among the competitors. Jaeger’s expected to contend for a medal in this event, with Australia’s Mack Horton (the fastest Olympic qualifier) and China’s Sun Yang also in the mix.

The men’s 100 meter breaststroke will be the final individual heat of the afternoon, with Americans Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller both swimming in heat four. Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, the lone competitor to post a qualifying time below the 58-second mark, will be swimming in heat six. Closing out the afternoon session at the pool will be the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, with Australia entering as the favorites to win gold. Their Olympic qualifying time of 3:31.48 is more than three seconds better than the second-best time, which was posted by the United States (3:34.61). Both teams will swim in heat two, with the Aussies in lane four and the Americans in lane five.

Swimming Day 1 PreliminariesWATCH LIVE
12:02 p.m.: Men’s 400 meter individual medley heats
12:28 p.m.: Women’s 100 meter butterfly heats
12:48 p.m.: Men’s 400 meter freestyle heats
1:32 p.m.: Women’s 400 meter individual medley heats
2:04 p.m.: Men’s 100 meter breaststroke heats
2:24 p.m.: Women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay heats

U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

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Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

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The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
Lafayette
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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