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How to watch 2018 World Short Course Swimming Championships

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Olympic champions Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy headline the world short course swimming championships, airing on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBCSports.com and OlympicChannel.com from Hangzhou, China, this week.

Short course worlds are held in even-numbered years in a 25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used at the Olympics.

Dressel, a short-course king from his days at the University of Florida, looks to build on his seven-gold-medal performance at the 2017 World Championships in an Olympic-sized pool. He entered his trademark events — the 50m and 100m butterflies and freestyles.

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Michael Andrew, a 19-year-old who won four national titles in July, also entered the 50m free and 50m fly, among five events. Andrew upset the world champion Dressel in the 50m free at both nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships this past summer.

Murphy, who swept the backstrokes in Rio, entered the 50m, 100m and 200m back. Murphy’s top rivals — 100m back world champion Xu Jiayu of China and 200m back world champ Yevgeny Rylov of Russia — are also in Hangzhou.

Other stars include Olympic champions Chad le Clos, Matt Grevers and Cesar Cielo. Full entries are here.

The women’s field is led by Katinka Hosszu, who swept the individual medleys at the Rio Olympics and the 2013, 2015 and 2017 World Championships. The Hungarian superstar entered eight events.

Kathleen Baker, the 100m backstroke world-record holder, leads the U.S. women’s team. Hosszu and Australian Emily Seebohm figure to give her challenges in the backstrokes.

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Day Time (ET) Event Network
Monday 8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Tuesday 6 a.m. Finals (LIVE) Olympic Channel
5 p.m. Finals NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Wednesday 6 a.m. Finals (LIVE) Olympic Channel
1:30 p.m Finals NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Thursday 6 a.m. Finals (LIVE) Olympic Channel
12 p.m. Finals NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Friday 6 a.m. Finals (LIVE) OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
10:30 a.m. Finals Olympic Channel
1 p.m Finals NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Saturday 6 a.m. Finals (LIVE) OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
12 p.m. Finals Olympic Channel
9 p.m. Finals NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Prelims OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
Sunday 5 a.m. Finals (LIVE) OlympicChannel.com & Olympic Channel app
12 p.m Finals Olympic Channel
11 p.m Finals NBCSN

All NBCSN and Olympic Channel coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

The Wrap from Day 1 of the World Championships

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — Matt Lindland sees progress taking place within the United States Greco-Roman program.

He sees accountability and ownership. He sees a desire to compete with the global Greco powers and a willingness to pay the price to get there.

“There’s definitely been progress,” Lindland said. “We’ve got great guys. It’s about them. They want to be here. They want to do what it’s going to take to get to that next level, and you can see it. They’re frustrated when things don’t go their way, and they’re going to figure out how to fix those things. Yeah, we’re making the right progress. We’ve got the right guys, we’ve got the right attitude.”

But Lindland also sees hesitation at times, too. He sees too much analyzing and not enough reactionary aggression.

“I think our guys are second-guessing themselves, they’re questioning and they’re thinking,” he said. “They’re thinking about what’s going to happen instead of being in the moment and just being present and letting things fly. Really great athletes out there on America’s team and they’re super capable. When they start thinking and questioning what’s going to happen and wondering what the referee is going to call, they’ve just got to go out there and do what they’re all capable of doing.”

Both dynamics — the signs progress and the work-in-progress symbols — were on display Saturday on the opening day of the World Championships.

Max Nowry, Ryan Mango and Raymond Bunker notched opening-round wins Saturday. For perspective, only three Americans posted Greco victories at the World Championships in 2018.

On the flip side, though, each of the three ran into roadblocks when they couldn’t hold leads in their second bout, and Mango and Bunker got eliminated later in the day.

Nowry and John Stefanowicz, however, got pulled into the repechage and have a chance to wrestle Sunday for medals. Nowry got an extra opportunity when Kazakhstan’s Khorlan Zhakansha stunned 2018 World champ and No. 1 seed Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan, 11-5, in the 55-kilogram semifinals.

Stefanowicz dropped a 7-0 decision in the Round of 16 at 82 kilograms against Georgia’s Lasha Gobadze. But the Georgian posted two more victories to set Stefanowicz up with another chance at a medal.

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Sky Brown, 11 years old, is third at world skateboarding championships ahead of Olympic debut

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Sky Brown, an 11-year-old who appears en route to becoming the youngest female Summer Olympian in 50 years, took third at the world skateboarding championships in Sao Paulo on Saturday. The sport debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo.

Brown posted her highest score of her four finals runs in the last round, 58.13 points, of the park event. It was not enough to overtake Japanese Misugu Okamoto and Sakura Yosozumi. The new world champion Okamoto is 13 years old. Yosozumi is 17.

Brown has been raised in Japan by a Japanese mother and a British father. The 2018 Dancing with the Stars: Juniors winner appeared in a Nike “Dream Crazier” ad with Simone BilesSerena Williams and Chloe Kim in February.

She has not clinched an Olympic spot yet but is well on her way as the qualifying season continues.

She turns 12 years old just before the Tokyo Olympics begin and would be the youngest Olympian since Romanian rowing coxswain Carlos Front at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

She would be the youngest female Olympian since Chinese ice dancer Liu Luyang in 1988 and the youngest female Summer Olympian since Puerto Rican swimmer Liana Vicens in 1968, according to the OlyMADMen.

The Tokyo Games feature four skateboarding events — men’s and women’s street and park.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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