Is the Olympic men’s 100m up for grabs? Diamond League preview, TV schedule

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Up until last week, Trayvon Bromell looked like nearly as big of an Olympic 100m favorite as Usain Bolt at recent Games.

But between two meets, the picture became less clear.

First, South African Akani Simbine clocked an African record 9.84 seconds last Tuesday in Hungary to rank second in the world this year behind Bromell, who ran 9.77 and 9.80 in June.

Then, on Friday in Monaco, Bromell did not get his customary exemplary start. Some said he stumbled out of the blocks, though it’s hard to tell on video how much he was hindered. What’s clear is he finished fifth in 10.01 in a race won by U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Ronnie Baker in 9.91.

On Tuesday, Bromell can silence the doubters at the last Diamond League meet before the Olympics. He’s entered in the 100m, along with Olympic bronze medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada and Olympic Trials third-place finisher Fred Kerley, in Gateshead, Great Britain.

Streaming coverage on Peacock starts at 12:50 p.m. ET. The NBCSN broadcast is from 2-4 p.m., also streaming on and the NBC Sports app.

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

12:51 p.m. — Men’s Triple Jump
12:54 — Men’s High Jump
1:18 — Women’s 100m
1:28 — Men’s 400m
1:41 — Men’s Mile
1:57 — Women’s Pole Vault
2:03 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:16 — Women’s 200m
2:22 — Men’s Javelin
2:25 — Men’s 100m
2:36 — Women’s Long Jump
2:38 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
2:47 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
2:55 — Men’s 800m
3:04 — Women’s Mile
3:15 — Women’s 400m
3:48 — Men’s 3000m

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s Pole Vault — 1:57 p.m.
Two of the top four women this year: Brit Holly Bradshaw and American Sandi Morris. It’s been a difficult stretch for Morris, the Olympic and world silver medalist. After she took third at Olympic Trials, Morris’ poles didn’t make it to Monaco, where she ended up sixth.

Women’s 200m — 2:16 p.m.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah is the headliner here. She’s as under the radar as a reigning Olympic sprint champion can be. This is her first top-level international 200m since withdrawing from the 2019 World Championships. Since then, this event crowded considerably. Brit Dina Asher-Smith won the world title. Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Olympic 400m champion, doubled down on switching to the 200m. American Gabby Thomas became the second-fastest woman in history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time Olympic 100m champion, won the Jamaican Trials in a personal best (Thompson-Herah was third). None of those rivals are in Gateshead.

Men’s Javelin — 2:22 p.m.
Field includes the last two world champs — Anderson Peters of Grenada and Johannes Vetter of Germany. Vetter is one of the biggest Olympic favorites in track and field, throwing farther than anybody else in the world this year at seven different meets across six countries. His best throw in 2021 is 22 feet farther than anyone else.

Men’s 100m — 2:25 p.m.
Bromell’s defeat in Monaco was his first at 100m since resurrecting his sprint career in 2020. The second- and third-fastest men in the Olympic field — Simbine and Baker — are not entered, but De Grasse and Kerley are not far behind the list of medal contenders. In his two meets before Monaco, Bromell ran the world’s two fastest times this year. If he shows that form again in Gateshead, Bromell will roll into the Olympics as a solid gold-medal favorite. Remember, Bolt won the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 after losing in his last meet before each Games.

Men’s 800m — 2:55 p.m.
Rio bronze medalist Clayton Murphy won the U.S. Olympic Trials in what was then the world’s fastest time this year. Since, he placed third and seventh in two European meets. Nijel Amos of Botswana and Emmanuel Korir of Kenya went one-two in Monaco, pushing Murphy to third-fastest this year. None of the top Africans are in Gateshead, giving Murphy and countryman Bryce Hoppel better chances of a confident-boosting victory heading into Tokyo.

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Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukraine’s top Winter Olympian, tears knee, career in question

Oleksandr Abramenko

Aerials skier Oleksandr Abramenko, who won both of Ukraine’s medals over the last two Winter Olympics, is out for the season after a knee ligament tear and said he might not return to competition at all, according to Ukrainian media.

Abramenko, 34, won gold at the 2018 Olympics — Ukraine’s second-ever individual Winter Olympic title after figure skater Oksana Baiul in 1994 — and silver last year.

He competed once this season, placing 10th at a World Cup in Finland on Dec. 4, and then flew with the Ukrainian national team to stay in Utah ahead of World Cups in Canada in January and at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City this weekend. The area also hosted many Ukraine winter sports athletes this past summer.

Abramenko missed the competition in Canada two weeks ago due to injury and then wasn’t on the start list for today’s aerials event in Park City. He is set to miss the world championships later this month in Georgia (the country, not the state).

Abramenko said he needs surgery, followed by a nine-month rehabilitation process, similar to an operation on his other knee six years ago, according to Ukraine’s public broadcaster. He said he will see how the recovery goes and determine whether to return to the sport at age 35, according to the report.

Abramenko is already the oldest Olympic men’s aerials medalist and come the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games will be older than all but one male aerialist in Olympic history, according to

At last year’s Olympics, Abramenko, Ukraine’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, was hugged after the aerials final by Russian Ilya Burov, who finished one spot behind Abramenko for a bronze medal. A week later, Russia invaded Ukraine.

A week after that, Abramenko posed for a photo sitting on a mattress in a Kyiv parking garage with his wife and 2-year-old son published by The New York Times.

“We spend the night in the underground parking in the car, because the air attack siren is constantly on,” Abramenko texted, according to the newspaper. “It’s scary to sleep in the apartment, I myself saw from the window how the air defense systems worked on enemy missiles, and strong explosions were heard.”

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Freestyle skiers in World Cup action on NBC Sports, Peacock

Ski Halfpipe

Olympic gold medalists David Wise and Alex Hall headline World Cup freestyle skiing and snowboarding stops in the U.S. this weekend, airing on NBC Sports and Peacock.

Wise, who last Sunday won his fifth X Games Aspen ski halfpipe title, led the qualifiers into the final at the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix in California.

He’s joined in the 10-man final by U.S. Olympic teammates Aaron Blunck and Birk Irving. The women’s ski halfpipe final includes the top three from last week’s X Games — Brit Zoe Atkin, Canadian Rachael Karker and American Svea Irving. Olympic champion Eileen Gu of China is out after suffering a knee injury in an X Games training crash.

The ski slopestyle finals include the reigning men’s and women’s Olympic gold medalists — Hall, plus Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland.

The marquee snowboarders in Mammoth finals are Olympic big air silver medalist Julia Marino (slopestyle) and X Games silver medalist Maddie Mastro (halfpipe). Two-time Olympic champion Chloe Kim is taking the season off, and another double Olympic champion, Jamie Anderson, is pregnant.

Aerials and moguls skiers are competing in their lone U.S. World Cup stop in Park City, Utah.

The moguls fields including Olympic gold medalists Walter Wallberg of Sweden, Mikael Kingsbury of the U.S., Perrine Laffont of France and Jakara Anthony of Australia. Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf is the standout American.

The aerials include every member of the U.S. team that took gold at last year’s Olympics — Ashley Caldwell, Chris Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld.

Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Cup Broadcast Schedule

Day Event Time (ET) Platform
Saturday Moguls 11 a.m. CNBC, Peacock
Ski Halfpipe 3 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Sunday Ski Slopestyle 12 p.m. CNBC, Peacock
Sun., Feb. 12 Aerials, Dual Moguls 2 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Snowboard Halfpipe 2 p.m. CNBC, Peacock

All NBC and CNBC coverage also streams on and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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