2019 World Swimming Championships Week set for Olympic Channel

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Olympic Channel’s 2019 World Championships Weeks continues next week with seven days and more than 50 hours of coverage from swimming worlds in Gwangju, South Korea.

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

At worlds last summer, Caeleb Dressel became the first swimmer to earn eight medals at a single worlds, breaking a record he shared with Michael Phelps. Dressel also broke Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record en route to six golds overall, his medal total boosted by mixed-gender relays that weren’t on the program when Phelps competed.

Simone Manuel earned a female record seven medals, sweeping the 50m and 100m frees for a second straight worlds.

Katie Ledecky missed races in Gwangju with what she believed was a stomach virus, which put her in an emergency room for seven hours. Still, the most dominant swimmer of the decade extended her seven-plus-year win streak in the 800m freestyle.

Regan Smith, then 17, broke three world records in two events — winning the 200m backstroke and lowering the 100m back record as part of a record-breaking 4x100m medley relay. Lilly King won another duel with Russian rival Yuliya Yefimova in the 100m breaststroke.

Internationally, Hungary had a standout worlds. Kristof Milak broke Phelps’ 200m butterfly world record. Katinka Hosszu swept the 200m and 400m individual medleys for a fourth straight worlds.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty lowered the 100m breast world record for a fifth time, bringing it under 57 seconds. He was already the only man to break 58.

China’s Sun Yang was the most polarizing figure of the meet, the reason for podium protests after he won the 200m and 400m frees. Sun was later banned eight years in a doping case that began before worlds.

The next 2019 World Championships Week broadcasts feature gymnastics (week of May 25) and diving (week of June 1).

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DAY SESSION TIME (ET) KEY EVENTS
Monday Day 1 8 p.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 10 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Tuesday Day 3 8 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 10 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Wednesday Day 5 8 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 10 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Thursday Day 7 8 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Day 8 10 p.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free
Friday Day 2 8 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 9:30 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 11:30 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Saturday Day 1 10: 30 a.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 12:30 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 2 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 4 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Day 5 6 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 8 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Day 7 10 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Sunday Day 8 12 a.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free
Day 1 8:30 a.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 10:30 a.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 12 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 2 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Day 5 4 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 6 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Day 7 8 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Day 8 10 p.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free