Farah, Kosgei, Hassan chase hour world records in Brussels; TV, stream info

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How far can one run in an hour on a track? Some of the world’s greatest distance runners will provide answers on Friday.

Mo FarahBrigid Kosgei and Sifan Hassan headline fields in rarely contested one-hour races at a Diamond League meet in Brussels. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold air coverage on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

The women go first. Kosgei and Hassan are the world’s dominant female distance runners.

Kosgei, a 26-year-old Kenyan, took 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old marathon world record last Oct. 13, clocking 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon.

Hassan, a 27-year-old, Ethiopia-born Dutchwoman, holds the mile and road 5km world records and is the reigning world champion at 1500m and the 10,000m.

The women’s hour record is 18,517 meters — or 11.5 miles — set by Ethiopian Dire Tune in 2008. Hassan’s European record in the half marathon (13.1 miles) is 65:15. If she matches that pace for an hour, she will break the record.

Kosgei has gone even faster in the half marathon — 64:49 — the second-fastest time in history.

In the later men’s race, Farah takes aim at the hour record of 21,285 meters — or 13.2 miles — set by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie in 2007.

Farah, a four-time Olympic champion between 5000m and 10,000m, owns a half marathon best of 59:32. Last year, he covered 13.1 miles in 59:07 on a non-record-eligible course (66 seconds shy of Geoffrey Kamworor‘s world record), a pace that would give him the hour record if replicated Friday.

Other Brussels headliners include Mondo Duplantis perhaps taking aim at the outdoor pole vault world record and Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon in a bid to run the fastest women’s 1000m in history.

Here are the Brussels entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

1:03 p.m. ET — Women’s 100m Hurdles
1:11 — Women’s One Hour
1:45 — Men’s Pole Vault
1:59 — Women’s High Jump
2:18 — Women’s 100m
2:23 — Men’s 1500m
2:34 — Women’s 400m
2:42 — Men’s 200m
2:47 — Women’s 1000m
2:55 — Men’s One Hour

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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