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WATCH LIVE: Christian Coleman eyes 100m title at track and field worlds

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Christian Coleman has been the world’s fastest man every year of this Olympic cycle. But he goes for his greatest title yet — world 100m champion — at the world track and field championships in Doha on Saturday, live on NBC Sports.

Coleman, a Rio Olympic 4x100m prelim relay runner, has taken the 100m king mantle from Usain Bolt in the Jamaica’s retirement since 2017.

Coleman took silver at the 2017 Worlds — behind Justin Gatlin and ahead of Bolt — and in 2018 became the eight man in history to break 9.80 seconds. He has been beaten along the way, but not since May.

He showed no signs of rust in the 100m first round in Doha on Friday, being the only man to break 10 seconds in his first race in two months. Coleman missed the end of the Diamond League season over a case of missed drug tests of which he was ultimately cleared upon close inspection of the rules.

Coleman races in Saturday’s 100m semifinals at 11:45 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The final is at 3:15 p.m. ET on NBC. Both broadcasts stream live for subscribers on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

WATCH LIVE: World Track and Field Championships — Saturday
Olympic Channel: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET — LIVE STREAM LINK
NBC: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET — LIVE STREAM LINK

Also Saturday, the U.S. should get its first-ever world hammer medals. DeAnna Price and Gwen Berry rank Nos. 1 and 3 this year among the 12-woman final (12:25 p.m.). Olympic champion Jeff Henderson eyes his first world title in the long jump (1:40 p.m.). The women’s 10,000m (2:10 p.m.) features mile world-record holder Sifan Hassan, an Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman.

Semifinal action features a world record under threat in the men’s 400m hurdles (1:05) and U.S. favorite Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800m (2:15).

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WATCH LIVE: Nathan Chen in U.S. Figure Skating Championships free skate

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Nathan Chen tries to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since 1988, live on NBC Sports on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of the men’s free skate for subscribers starting at 2:30 p.m. ET in Greensboro, N.C. NBC joins with TV coverage at 3.

LIVE STREAM: Men’s Free Skate — Gold | NBC | Skate Order

Chen, a 20-year-old Yale sophomore, is undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics. He can become the seventh man since World War II to win four straight national titles.

Five of the previous six went on to earn Olympic gold, including Dick ButtonScott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano in 1988.

Chen carries a substantial 13.14-point lead from Saturday’s short program, where he landed two quadruple jumps on one week of full training following a flu bout.

The anticipated drama Sunday comes in the battle for silver and bronze medals and the last two world championships team spots.

Jason BrownAndrew TorgashevVincent Zhou and Tomoki Hiwatashi are separated by 8.78 points. Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion, and Zhou, the 2019 World bronze medalist, are the only men in the field other than Chen with world team experience.

Key Skate Times
5:01 p.m. (ET) — Vincent Zhou
5:18 — Tomoki Hiwatashi
5:26 — Andrew Torgashev
5:35 — Nathan Chen
5:43 — Jason Brown

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Mikaela Shiffrin, with 66th World Cup win, moves one shy of career dream

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Mikaela Shiffrin has said one of her career dreams is to win in every discipline in one season. She is now one victory shy of realizing it.

Shiffrin earned her 66th World Cup victory — and her second in three days — at a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

She prevailed by .29 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino and .70 over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Gut-Behrami, the last skier other than Shiffrin to win a World Cup overall title back in 2016, earned her first podium in exactly one year.

Full results are here.

“Perfect weekend for me,” said Shiffrin, who moved one shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for third place on the World Cup career wins list. “The whole team is excited about the whole weekend, but especially today.”

She is en route to a fourth straight World Cup overall title. And she is a combined victory away from wins in all five disciplines in one season. Only Marc GirardelliPetra KronbergerJanica Kostelic and Tina Maze have done it.

“The thing that I’m most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G and downhill, which I never expected that would really happen,” she said.

Shiffrin struggled with confidence during a winless stretch in early January, trying not to compare herself to last season, when she won a record 17 times. She still leads the men’s and women’s tours with six victories this season, a little more than halfway through.

“Every race is such a big fight, and I haven’t been the one on top of this fight every time,” she said. “Certainly I’ve been like sometimes the expectations that I have or that other people might have, I’m not quite living up to that. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like I’m failing sometimes, even though this is still just an incredible season.”

There are two combined races left this season for Shiffrin to achieve the dream — Feb. 23 in Switzerland and March 1 in Italy. While combined — mixing a speed run and a technical run — might seem perfect for Shiffrin, she has one victory in four starts in the discipline between the World Cup and Olympics.

And Shiffrin is careful about her race schedule. She is undecided on entering a downhill and super-G next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Russia.

“After this weekend my brain is a little bit dead,” she joked.

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