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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

Finn Christian Jagge, 1992 Olympic slalom champion, dies at 54

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Finn Christian Jagge, the surprise 1992 Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee.

Jagge’s wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that he died of an acute illness.

Jagge, then 25, won the slalom at the Albertville Games in Savoie, France, stunning defending champion Alberto Tomba of Italy. Jagge had the fastest first run by 1.07 seconds and relegated Tomba to silver by .28 of a second after the second run. Tomba was going for his fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Jagge’s father won a Norwegian record 42 national tennis championships. His mother competed in Alpine skiing at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, according to Olympedia.org.

Jagge won his first Norwegian national title at age 18. After knee and back injuries, he won seven World Cup slaloms in the 1990s, retiring in 2000.

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Posted by Trine-Lise Jagge on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, Olympian, world champion snowboarder, drowns in spearfishing accident

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Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics.

The accident happened at Palm Beach around 10:40 a.m. local time. Pullin had been diving on an artificial reef when he was found by a snorkeler.

“Another diver was out there and located him on the sea floor and raised the attention of nearby surfers who sought lifeguards to bring him in,” police said. “He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef.”

Pullin competed in Olympic snowboard cross in 2010, 2014 and 2018 with a best finish of sixth. He won back-to-back world titles in 2011 and 2013. He carried Australia’s flag at the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2014.

“We are all in shock today as one of the most beloved members of our close snow sport community, Chumpy, has sadly lost his life in what appears to be a tragic accident,” Snow Australia CEO Michael Kennedy said in a statement. “He was a mentor to so many of our younger snowboarders, giving up his time to coach and provide advice to our future Olympians. His loss will be felt right across our community.

“We know it won’t just be here in Australia that Chumpy’s legacy will be remembered, but throughout the international snowboarding community. It wasn’t just his ability to deliver results that will be missed, but his leadership and the path that he laid for so many.”

His parents owned a ski and snowboard shop in the Australian Alps, where Pullin began riding at age 8. Older friends gave him the nickname “Chumpy,” and it stuck.

Pullin, who spent time as a frontman for the surf-reggae band love Charli, often brought a guitar with him while traveling for competitions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.