2019 World Swimming Championships TV, streaming schedule

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NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA combine to air and stream live coverage of every session of the world swimming championships from Gwangju, South Korea.

All NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel coverage will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Katie Ledecky headlines the U.S. team for the biggest international event outside of the Olympics.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion, will look to match her unprecedented “Ledecky Slam” from the last Olympic cycle, when she swept the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles at the 2015 Worlds in Kazan, Russia.

Ledecky should face her toughest test in the 200m freestyle, where she took silver and bronze at the biggest meets of 2017 and 2018.

Caeleb Dressel and Chase Kalisz, the top male swimmers in this Olympic cycle, each defend multiple individual world titles.

Dressel, 22, won a Michael Phelps record-tying seven golds at the 2017 Worlds (four coming in relays). Kalisz, 25, is the world’s top all-around swimmer after sweeping the individual medleys at the 2017 Worlds.

The U.S. also boasts individual Rio gold medalists Simone ManuelLilly King and Ryan Murphy returning from the 2017 Worlds, when the Americans earned a record 38 medals in the most dominant team performance in nearly 50 years.

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Day Session Time (ET) Network
Saturday, July 20 Day 1 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 21 Day 1 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
2 p.m.* NBC
Day 2 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Monday, July 22 Day 2 Finals 7 a.m. NBCSN
Day 3 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tuesday, July 23 12 a.m.* NBCSN
Day 3 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* NBCSN
Day 4 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wednesday, July 24 Day 4 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* NBCSN
Day 5 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Thursday, July 25 12 a.m.* NBCSN
Day 5 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* NBCSN
Day 6 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Friday, July 26 12 a.m.* NBCSN
Day 6 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* NBCSN
Day 7 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Saturday, July 27 4 a.m.* NBCSN
Day 7 Finals 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
Highlights 2 p.m.* NBC
Day 8 Heats 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 28 12 a.m.* NBCSN
Day 8 Finals 7 a.m. NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

Lim Hyo-Jun

Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei

World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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