Devon Allen on world record watch; Oslo Diamond League TV, live stream schedule

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After Devon Allen ran the third-fastest 110m hurdles in history on Sunday, he’s on world record watch for his next race, a Diamond League meet in Oslo on Thursday.

The meet airs live on Peacock from 2-4 p.m. ET. CNBC airs coverage Saturday from 8-10 a.m. ET.

Allen, a two-time Olympian who will convert full-time to football after July’s world championships, lowered his personal best from 12.99 to 12.84 at the NYC Grand Prix on Sunday.

The only men to run faster were 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt (12.80 world record) and reigning world champion Grant Holloway (12.81), who was a distant second to Allen on Sunday.

Allen’s time was all the more impressive given he missed about 10 days of training leading up to the meet after testing positive for COVID-19. He attributed the performance to having fresh legs.

In Oslo, Allen could be pushed by 2016 Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica. Allen’s focus is on next week’s USATF Outdoor Championships, where he must finish top three (excluding Holloway, who has a bye into worlds as defending champion) to make the world team.

Both nationals and worlds will be in Eugene, Oregon, where Allen played football and ran track for the Ducks.

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

11:31 a.m. ET — Women’s Shot Put
12:45 p.m. – Men’s Pole Vault
2:04 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:14 — Men’s 400m
2:15 — Men’s Long Jump
2:19 — Women’s 5000m
2:39 — Men’s 100m
2:44 — Women’s 200m
2:48 — Women’s Discus
2:49 — Men’s 5000m
3:13 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
3:25 — Women’s 800m
3:38 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
3:50 — Men’s Mile

Here are five events to watch (statistics via and World Athletics):

Men’s Pole Vault — 12:45 p.m. ET
Four men who own a combined 14 Olympic and world championships medalists are on the start list: Mondo Duplantis, the reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder, Sam Kendricks, the reigning world champion, and Thiago Braz and Renaud Lavillenie, both Olympic gold medalists. Eyes will be on Duplantis, who has upped the world record four times over the last two and a half years. Kendricks, who has a bye into worlds, competes on the Diamond League for the first time this season.

Women’s 5000m — 2:19 p.m. ET
A gathering of Ethiopia’s top female distance stars: Letesenbet Gidey, the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m; Gudaf Tsegay, the Olympic 5000m bronze medalist and world 1500m bronze medalist and Almaz Ayana, the 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion and former world record holder. Absent: Tokyo Olympic champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who has yet to race this year. Gidey and Tsegay rank Nos. 2 and 3 in the world this year behind another Ethiopian, Ejgayehu Taye. Last week, Ayana ran her first track race in nearly three years and since childbirth.

Women’s Discus — 2:48 p.m. ET
The world’s top three this year face off for the second time in three weeks. American Valarie Allman, the Tokyo Olympic champion, got the win at the Pre Classic in May over two-time gold medalist Sandra Perkovic of Croatia and German Kristin Pudenz. Allman has competed at five meets this year, and in all of them threw farther than anybody else in the world has this year. She broke her American record in April with the world’s best throw in 30 years.

Men’s 110m Hurdles — 3:13 p.m. ET
Allen has few shots left at the world record this summer given his plan to join the Eagles after July’s worlds, though he hopes to return to hurdling after the NFL season. Oslo is a low-pressure meet without a team to make or a medal at stake. And he could be spurred by McLeod, the Rio Olympic gold medalist looking to break 13 seconds for the first time since 2017.

Women’s 800m — 3:25 p.m. ET
A chance for Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson to respond to Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu‘s 2022 world-leading time set last week, Hodgkinson had the top time this year of 1:57.72 before Mu ran 1:57.01 in Rome. Mu won’t be in Oslo, but the field includes Hodgkinson’s fellow Brit Jemma Reekie, who was fourth in Tokyo, and world champion Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda. Plus Brit Laura Muir, the Olympic 1500m bronze medalist who ranks sixth in the world in the 800m by best time since the start of 2021.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record was the product of pain, rain

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When Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, he began his celebration near the finish line by doing the same thing he did upon breaking the record in Berlin four years earlier.

He hugged longtime coach Patrick Sang.

The embrace was brief. Not much was said. They shook hands, Kipchoge appeared to stop his watch and Sang wiped his pupil’s sweaty face off with a towel. Kipchoge continued on his congratulatory tour.

“It felt good,” Sang said by phone from his native Kenya on Thursday. “I told him, ‘I’m proud of you and what you have achieved today.'”

Later, they met again and reflected together on the 2:01:09 performance, chopping 30 seconds off his world record in 2018 in the German capital.

“I mentioned to him that probably it was slightly a little bit too fast in the beginning, in the first half,” Sang said of Kipchoge going out in 59 minutes, 51 seconds for the first 13.1 miles (a sub-two-hour pace he did not maintain in the final miles). “But he said he felt good.

“Besides that, I think it was just to appreciate the effort that he put in in training. Sometimes, if you don’t acknowledge that, then it looks like you’re only looking at the performance. We looked at the sacrifice.”

Sang thought about the abnormally wet season in southwestern Kenya, where Kipchoge logs his daily miles more than a mile above sea level.

“Sometimes he had to run in the rain,” said Sang, the 1992 Olympic 3000m steeplechase silver medalist. “Those are small things you reflect and say, it’s worth sacrificing sometimes. Taking the pain training, and it pays off.”

When Sang analyzes his athletes, he looks beyond times. He studies their faces.

The way Kipchoge carried himself in the months leading into Berlin — running at 6 a.m. “rain or shine,” Sang said — reminded the coach of the runner’s sunny disposition in the summer of 2019. On Oct. 12 of that year, Kipchoge clocked 1:59:40 in the Austrian capital in a non-record-eligible event (rather than a traditional race) to become the first person to cover 26.2 miles on foot in less than two hours.

Sang said he does not discuss time goals with his students — “Putting specific targets puts pressure on the athlete, and you can easily go the wrong direction,” he said.

In looking back on the race, there is some wonder whether Kipchoge’s plan was to see how long he could keep a pace of sub-two hours. Sang refused to speculate, but he was not surprised to see Kipchoge hit the halfway point 61 seconds faster than the pacers’ prescribed 60:50 at 13.1 miles.

“Having gone two hours in Monza [2:00:25 in a sub-two-hour attempt in 2017], having run the unofficial 1:59 and so many times 2:01, 2:02, 2:03, the potential was written all over,” Sang said. “So I mean, to think any differently would be really under underrating the potential. Of course, then adding on top of that the aspect of the mental strength. He has a unique one.”

Kipchoge slowed in the second half, but not significantly. He started out averaging about 2 minutes, 50 seconds per kilometer (equivalent to 13.2 miles per hour). He came down to 2:57 per kilometer near the end.

Regret is not in Kipchoge’s nature. We may never know the extent of his sub-two thoughts on Sunday. Sang noted that Kipchoge, whose marathon career began a decade ago after he failed to make the London Olympic team on the track, does not dwell on the past.

“If you talk to him now, he probably is telling you about tomorrow,” Sang joked.

The future is what is intriguing about Kipchoge. Approaching 38 years old, he continues to improve beyond peak age for almost every elite marathoner. Can Kipchoge go even faster? It would likely require a return next year to Berlin, whose pancake-flat roads produced the last eight men’s marathon world records. But Kipchoge also wants to run, and win, another prestigious fall marathon in New York City.

Sang can see the appeal of both options in 2023 and leaves the decision to Kipchoge and his management team.

‘If we can find the motivation for him, or he finds it within himself, that he believes he can still run for some time, for a cause, for a reason … I think the guy can still even do better than what he did in Berlin,” Sang said. “We are learning a lot about the possibilities of good performance at an advanced age. It’s an inspiration and should be an inspiration for anybody at any level.”

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