Diamond League season opens with Olympic rematches in Doha; TV, live stream schedule

Noah Lyles, Andre De Grasse

The first Diamond League track and field meet of 2022 will conjure Olympic memories with eight events featuring clashes between medalists from the Tokyo Games.

Competition in Doha airs live on Peacock on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. CNBC airs coverage Saturday at 10 a.m.

Olympic rematches include the men’s high jump (co-gold medalists Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi) and 200m (gold medalist Andre De Grasse and bronze medalist Noah Lyles) and women’s 400m (gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and silver medalist Marileidy Paulino) and 100m hurdles (silver medalist Keni Harrison and bronze medalist Megan Tapper).

Most American athletes are preparing for June’s USATF Outdoor Championships, where the top three in most events qualify for July’s world championships at the same site in Eugene, Oregon. Some, like Lyles, have a bye into worlds as a reigning world champion or Diamond League champion.

Doha will provide the best glimpse yet this year of medal prospects.

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

11:10 a.m. — Men’s Pole Vault
11:23 — Women’s Triple Jump
11:25 — Women’s Shot Put
12:04 — Women’s 400m
12:15 — Men’s High Jump
12:17 — Women’s 3000m
12:35 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
12:43 — Men’s Javelin
12:49 — Men’s 800m
1:02 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
1:12 — Men’s 200m
1:23 — Men’s 1500m
1:36 — Women’s 200m
1:47 — Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Here are five events to watch:

Men’s Pole Vault — 11:10 a.m. ET
Olympic champion Mondo Duplantis, a Louisiana-raised Swede, already upped his world record by one centimeter on two separate occasions in March. He opens his outdoor season in Doha against American Chris Nilsen, who took silver in Tokyo. Nilsen was the last man to win a pole vault competition with Duplantis in the field, at a post-Tokyo Diamond League meet, and also beat him at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

Women’s 400m — 12:04 p.m. ET
Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas leads a field of four of the top five finishers from Tokyo, missing only bronze medalist Allyson Felix. Miller-Uibo’s lone defeat over one lap since the 2017 World Championships was at the 2019 Worlds to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, who is banned into 2023 in a case of missed drug tests from 2019. The Dominican Republic’s Paulino, a 100m/200m runner pre-pandemic, lowered her personal best by .79 of a second in Tokyo. Her final time — 49.20 — would have won gold at the previous four Olympics, but was still a distant .84 behind Miller-Uibo. In her one race so far this year, Paulino lowered her personal best in the 200m.

Men’s 400m Hurdles — 12:35 p.m. ET
Five of the top six from the Tokyo Olympics, but missing gold medalist and world-record smasher Karsten Warholm. American Rai Benjamin, who also went under the world record in Tokyo, likely will not face Warholm before July’s worlds. He will nonetheless face a challenge in Doha in Brazilian Alison dos Santos, the third-fastest man in history with his Olympic bronze-medal performance.

Men’s 200m — 1:12 p.m. ET
How will De Grasse and Lyles respond to 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton‘s 19.49-second scorcher from two weeks ago? Knighton, fourth at the Olympics, zoomed past both men into fourth place on the all-time list behind Usain BoltYohan Blake and Michael Johnson. De Grasse clocked a personal-best 19.62 into a headwind to win the Olympics. Lyles ran 19.50 in 2019 and then 19.52 two weeks after the Olympic final. Both could be upstaged in Doha by Olympic 100m silver medalist Fred Kerley, who ranks in the top three so far this year in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase — 1:47 p.m. ET
The day’s final event features the best field of the meet — the top five from the Olympics. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali took gold in Tokyo in the absence of Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto, who won the 2016 Olympics, 2017 Worlds and 2019 Worlds. Kipruto did not finish the Kenyan Olympic Trials and, up until placing fifth in a Saturday race, had not finished a steeple since winning the 2019 World title by one hundredth of a second. Kipruto is not in the Doha field, but silver medalist Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia and bronze medalist Benjamin Kigen of Kenya are.

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed in the final miles, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in an unprecedented 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

“I was planning to go through it [the halfway mark] 60:50, 60:40,” Kipchoge said. “My legs were running actually very fast. I thought, let me just try to run two hours flat, but all in all, I am happy with the performance.

“We went too fast [in the first half]. It takes energy from the muscles. … There’s still more in my legs [to possibly lower the record again].”

MORE: Berlin Marathon Results

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history for somebody who ran one prior marathon in 2:34:01. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48. D’Amato, who went nearly a decade between competitive races after college, owns the American record of 2:19:12 and now also the 10th-best time in U.S. history.

“Today wasn’t my best day ever, but it was the best I could do today,” she said in a text message, according to Race Results Weekly, adding that she briefly stopped and walked late in the race.

The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago.

The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, clocking 1:59:40 in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

Kipchoge grew up on a farm in Kapsabet in Kenya’s Rift Valley, often hauling by bike several gallons of the family’s milk to sell at the local market. Raised by a nursery school teacher, he ran more than three miles to and from school. He saved for five months to get his first pair of running shoes.

At 18, he upset legends Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele to win the 2003 World 5000m title on the track. He won Olympic 5000m medals (bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008), then moved to the marathon after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team on the track.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

FIBA Women's World Cup

The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final