2019 Ironman Kona World Championships TV, live stream schedule

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A year after shattering course records, German Patrick Lange and Swiss Daniela Ryf defend their Ironman Kona World Championships titles on Saturday, live on NBC Sports.

NBCSN coverage runs from noon-2 p.m. ET, covering the starts of the men’s and women’s 140.6-mile races. NBCSN will also have occasional check-ins throughout the afternoon, culminating with finish coverage around 8:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, NBCSN will air a recap show from 2-3 p.m. ET.

TV/STREAM SCHEDULE
Saturday: Ironman Kona race live stream — STREAM LINK
Saturday: NBCSN live coverage: 12-2 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK
Sunday: NBCSN recap show: 2-3 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Lange repeated as world champion last year by becoming the first person to break eight hours in Hawaii, taking nine minutes off the men’s record. He then successfully proposed to his girlfriend in the finish area after swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon.

The men’s race is shaping up as a showdown between Lange and countryman Jan Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic champion who won Kona in 2016 and 2017 but was beset by injuries the last two years. Frodeno won the Ironman European Championship on June 30, when Lange was 11th.

Then there’s Brit Alistair Brownlee, the two-time reigning Olympic champion making his Kona debut. Brownlee, undecided on Tokyo 2020, finished second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships a month ago. Lange was 22nd.

Ryf looks to tie Mark Allen‘s record of five straight Kona titles, a year after she recovered from jellyfish stings in the swim to break her course record by 20 minutes.

She comes to Kona after a typical lead-up — winning the Ironman 70.3 World title for a third straight year. If Ryf has any challengers this year, look out for Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, who was a distant second in 2017 and 2018.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True is an intriguing contender. In her Kona debut last year, she was in third place halfway through the marathon but later walked at aid stations and ended up fourth. Her time — 8:43:42 — was also faster than Ryf’s previous course record from 2016.

True led a pair of Ironmans during the marathon in June before collapsing out of the races, including in the final 100-degree mile at the European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Katie Ledecky out-touches new rival at swimming’s U.S. Open, extends streak

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It was a rare sight: Katie Ledecky being matched stroke for stroke in a distance race in an American pool. She was up for the challenge.

Ledecky out-touched emerging 16-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh by eight hundredths of a second in the 400m freestyle at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday night.

Ledecky and McIntosh were tied at the 300-meter mark. Ledecky ended up clocking 3:59.71 to McIntosh’s 3:59.79 to extend a decade-long win streak in freestyle races of 400 meters or longer in U.S. pools.

“I know we’ll have a lot more races ahead of us,” Ledecky said on Peacock. “We bring the best out of each other.”

The U.S. Open continues Friday with live finals coverage on Peacock at 6 p.m. ET.

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At the Tokyo Olympics, McIntosh placed fourth in the 400m free at age 14.

She accelerated this year, taking silver behind Ledecky at the world championships and silver behind Tokyo gold medalist Ariarne Titmus of Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Then in October, McIntosh outdueled Ledecky in a 400m free — also by eight hundredths — in a short-course, 25-meter pool at a FINA World Cup meet in Toronto. Long-course meets like the Olympics and the U.S. Open are held in 50-meter pools.

McIntosh also won world titles in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

A potential showdown among Ledecky, Titmus and McIntosh at the 2024 Paris Games is already being compared to the “Race of the Century,” the 2004 Olympic men’s 200m free where Australian Ian Thorpe edged Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps.

In other events Thursday, Regan Smith, an Olympic and world medalist in the backstroke and butterfly, won a 200m individual medley in a personal best 2:10.40, a time that would have placed fifth at June’s world championships. She beat 16-year-old Leah Hayes, who took bronze in the event at worlds.

Olympic 400m IM champ Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200m IM in 1:56.52, his best time ever outside of major summer meets. Frenchman Léon Marchand won the world title in 1:55.22 in June, when Kalisz was fourth.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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