WATCH LIVE: Usain Bolt, Mo Farah open world championships

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Usain Bolt begins his farewell meet — the world championships — live on The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming here on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Bolt, in the last individual event of his career, gets started with the 100m first round at London’s Olympic Stadium. He will race between 3:20 and 4:15 p.m. ET.

Bolt and top rivals Justin GatlinChristian Coleman and Yohan Blake will be among the heats, with 24 men advancing to Saturday’s semifinals if the same format is used as in 2015. The final is also on Saturday (NBC and streaming, 3 p.m. ET).

The lone medal event to open the 10-day meet is the men’s 10,000m (4:20 ET), where Brit Mo Farah will look to win a third straight world title in the 25-lap race. Like Bolt, Farah is bidding farewell to the track this season, but he will continue racing on the road in marathons.

Farah’s biggest competition in this race has traditionally come from Kenyans — Olympic silver medalist Paul Tanui and world silver medalist Geoffrey Kamworor could challenge him. U.S. champion Hassan Mead was 11th in the Rio 5000m.

WATCH LIVE: World Track and Field Championships — 1:30 p.m. ET

The full Friday schedule (all pm ET):

Men’s 100m preliminary round — 2 (no Bolt)
Men’s discus qualifying — 2:20 (dedicated NBC Sports Gold stream)
Men’s long jump qualifying — 2:30 (dedicated NBC Sports Gold stream)
Women’s 1500m first round — 2:35
Women’s pole vault qualifying — 2:45 (dedicated NBC Sports Gold stream)
Men’s 100m first round — 3:20 (BOLT)
Men’s 10,000m FINAL — 4:20 (FARAH)

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WORLDS: TV Schedule | 5 Men’s Races to Watch | 5 Women’s Races

World Track and Field Championships Live Broadcast Schedule

Date Key Events Time (ET) Network
Friday, Aug. 4 M100m heats, M10,000m 1:30-5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Saturday, Aug. 5 W100m heats, M400m heats 5-8 a.m. NBCSN
M100m semifinals 2-3 p.m. Streaming
M100m final 3-5 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Aug. 6 Men’s, women’s marathons 5 a.m.-12 p.m. NBCSN
W100m semifinals 2-2:30 p.m. Streaming
W100m final 2:30-5 p.m. NBC
Monday, Aug. 7 M200m heats 1-2 p.m. Streaming
M110m hurdles final 2-5 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, Aug. 8 M400m, M800m finals 2-5 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, Aug. 9 W400m final 2-5 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday, Aug. 10 W5000m heats 1-2 p.m. Streaming
M200 final 2-5 p.m. NBCSN
Friday, Aug. 11 Decathlon 5-7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Decathlon 12-2 p.m. Streaming
W200 final 2-5 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 12 Decathlon 5-7 a.m. NBCSN
Decathlon 7-9 a.m. Streaming
WHigh jump final 12:30-3 p.m. Streaming
Men’s, women’s 4x100m 3-5 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Aug. 13 Race walks 3-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s, women’s 4x400m 2:30-4:30 p.m. NBC