Katie Ledecky
AP

Katie Ledecky headlines final Pro Series meet before U.S. Champs

Leave a comment

Katie Ledecky leads a field of Olympic champions at the final Pro Series meet before the U.S. Championships, live this weekend on NBC Sports.

Ledecky, the four-time Rio Olympic champion, is entered in a 1500m freestyle (Thursday) for the first time since the 2015 World Championships, plus the 100m and 200m frees (Friday and Saturday) in Santa Clara, Calif.

Ledecky, a rising sophomore at nearby Stanford, is joined at the meet by a bevy of gold medalists including Simone ManuelRyan MurphyAnthony ErvinNathan Adrian and Matt Grevers.

All are preparing for nationals in four weeks in Indianapolis, where the top two per individual event qualify for the world championships in Budapest in late July.

USASwimming.org will stream Thursday’s finals (women’s 1500m freestyle and men’s 800m freestyle) at 8 p.m. ET. The finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also carry the Friday and Sunday finals live, with the Saturday finals airing on 1:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Incredibly, Ledecky broke the 1500m world record five of the last six times she has competed in the event dating to 2013.

She lowered the record from 15:42.54 (set by Kate Ziegler in 2007, in the super-suit era, which lowered Janet Evans‘ 1988 mark by nearly 10 seconds) to 15:25.48.

Ledecky did not swim the 1500m free in 2016 because it is not an Olympic event.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Schooling eyes Phelps’ world record at world champs

WATCH LIVE: French Open on NBC, streaming

Getty Images
Leave a comment

NBC’s coverage of the French Open begins Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

WATCH LIVE: French Open, Rd. 1 — STREAM LINK

Notables in action on the first day at Roland Garros include Venus Williams, 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and No. 2 men’s seed Alexander Zverev.

Williams, 37, is the oldest woman in the draw. She reached the fourth round the last two years, her best results in Paris since her last quarterfinal in 2006. The seven-time major champion has reached one French Open final, losing to little sister Serena Williams in 2002.

Ted Robinson handles play-by-play for NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is NBC’s 36th straight year broadcasting the French Open.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

FRENCH OPEN: TV/Stream Schedule | ScoresMen’s Draw (PDF) | Women’s Draw (PDF) 

17-year-old runs 3:52 mile at Pre Classic

Leave a comment

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, a 17-year-old Norwegian, clocked 3:52.28 at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, faster than Alan Webb‘s U.S. high school record set at Pre in 2001.

“My goal was to take Alan Webb’s record,” Ingebrigtsen told media in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the second-fastest mile in history recorded by somebody younger than 18, according to the IAAF. Qatar’s Hamza Driouch ran 3:50.90 in 2012, clocked two months before two years of his results would be annulled by a doping ban.

Webb famously ran 3:53.43 as an 18-year-old at Pre in 2001, which led to him appearing on “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Ingebrigtsen, who ran 3:58 at Pre last year to become the youngest sub-4-minute miler in history, finished fourth in a field of the world’s best middle-distance runners. His two older brothers, Filip and Henrik, are also middle-distance runners (but weren’t in Saturday’s race).

Ingebrigtsen beat Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz (fifth) and Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (sixth) in the Bowerman Mile. The race’s second-place finisher is 18 years old — Ethiopian Samuel Tefera ran 3:51.26

Webb was at Saturday’s meet, in part to award the 400th man to run a sub-4-minute mile in Pre Classic history.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

VIDEO: Kenyan star nearly falls, comes back to win Pre Classic 800m