Can Marcell Jacobs answer Fred Kerley? Diamond League TV, live stream schedule

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The last Diamond League meet before the world championships is an opportunity for Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy.

Jacobs, who missed meets this spring due to food poisoning and a muscle injury, is the headliner Thursday in Stockholm (2 p.m. ET, Peacock). CNBC airs coverage Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

Jacobs, after winning a surprise gold in Tokyo, backed it up in the winter by winning the world indoor 60m title. But due to those setbacks, did not race outside of Italy this spring and, likely also due to them, has not broken 10 seconds in a wind-legal race in 2022.

Meanwhile, Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell recorded the world’s best times this season at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships last week. Kerley ran 9.77 and 9.76, both faster than Jacobs’ personal best (9.80). Bromell, who ran 9.76 in September, backed it up with a 9.81 at nationals.

Jacobs is ranked joint 36th in the world this year. He must improve on that in Stockholm to be considered a medal favorite for worlds in two weeks in Eugene, Oregon.

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

11:47 a.m. — Women’s Shot Put
1:22 p.m. — Men’s Javelin
1:26 — Women’s High Jump
1:45 — Men’s Pole Vault
2:04 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:15 — Men’s 100m
2:25 — Women’s Long Jump
2:29 — Women’s 800m
2:39 — Men’s 3000m
2:53 — Men’s Discus
2:57 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
3:07 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
3:28 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
3:40 — Women’s 200m
3:51 — Men’s 800m

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

Men’s Javelin — 1:22 p.m. ET
The world’s top five men this year. The top four from the Tokyo Olympics. The reigning world champion. This group ranges from India (Neeraj Chopra, the nation’s first Olympic track and field gold medalist) to Germany to the Czech Republic to Finland to Grenada (Anderson Peters, the reigning world champion and world No. 1 this year). Chopra upped his national record earlier this month and is set for his first Diamond League start since 2019. In May, Peters became the fifth-best performer in history. He has thrown seven feet farther than anybody else this year.

Men’s 100m — 2:15 p.m. ET
A win against this field would be a significant step for Jacobs’ return. The other notables are Brit Reece Prescod, who ran 9.93 on May 31, and South African Akani Simbine, who was fourth at the Olympics. Breaking 10 should put Jacobs in the top 20 in the world this year. Breaking 9.9 should put him in the top 10.

Women’s Long Jump — 2:25 p.m. ET
Tokyo gold medalist Malaika Mihmabo of Germany leads a field that includes the top four returning jumpers from the Olympics. In the last Diamond League women’s long jump, Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk defeated Mihambo. Bekh-Romanchuk’s husband, swimmer Mykhailo Romanchuk, has won a pool and open-water medal at the ongoing world aquatics championships in Budapest.

Men’s Discus — 2:53 p.m. ET
Slovenian Kristjan Ceh won the first three Diamond League events this year. Then last week, Swede Daniel Stahl, the reigning Olympic and world champion, unleased the world’s best throw in three years. Both are in this field. As is Cal-Berkeley rising sophomore Mykolas Alekna, the 19-year-old son of 2000 and 2004 Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania. Alekna ranks fifth in the world this year. Next month, Alekna could become the first teenage man to win a world championships medal in a throwing event, according to Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

Women’s 100m Hurdles — 2:57 p.m. ET
Last year, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico entered the Olympics as one of the biggest favorites in the sport (and delivered). Barring an incredible performance in Stockholm, she will not be a cut above going into July’s worlds. Though Camacho-Quinn has just one defeat this season, it came to surging American Alaysha Johnson. At last week’s USATF Outdoor Championships, Johnson ran the world’s second-best time this year, finishing second to new world No. 1 Keni Harrison. They ran into a headwind to boot. In Stockholm, Camacho-Quinn may be targeting Harrison’s time — 12.34 — against a field including reigning world champ Nia Ali.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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Summer McIntosh, Canadian teen swimmer, caps record year with another historic time

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Summer McIntosh swam the fourth-fastest 400m individual medley in history on Friday, capping a year that already included world titles, Commonwealth Games titles and a victory over Katie Ledecky.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old Canadian whose mom swam at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, won the 400m IM in 4 minutes, 28.61 seconds at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C. She prevailed by a Ledecky-like 13.24 seconds, breaking her own national record that was previously the fourth-fastest time in history.

“It’s still pretty early in the season, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it,” she said on Peacock.

The only two women who ever went faster in the event known as the decathlon of swimming are Olympic gold medalists: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (world record 4:26.36 and 4:28.58) and China’s Ye Shiwen (4:28.43).

McIntosh has come a long way in a short time. Three years ago, she put all her eggs in the 1500m freestyle basket, thinking it was her best shot to merely qualify for the Tokyo Games in 2020. The one-year Olympic postponement was a blessing.

The rapidly improving McIntosh swam three individual events in Tokyo with a top finish of fourth in the 400m free, just missing becoming the youngest swimming medalist since 1996. She then told her coach she wanted to become an IMer.

At this past June’s world championships, McIntosh won two of the most grueling events — 400m IM and 200m butterfly — to become the youngest individual world champion since 2011. She also took silver to Ledecky in the 400m free, an event in which she later beat Ledecky in a short-course meet (25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used for the Olympics).

A month after worlds, McIntosh swept the IMs at the Commonwealth Games, where she broke more world junior records and again took second in the 400m free (this time to Olympic champ and world record holder Ariarne Titmus of Australia).

McIntosh, who turned professional last year, now trains full-time in Sarasota, Florida, where she rents a house with her mom, Jill Horstead, who was ninth in the 200m fly at the 1984 Olympics (McIntosh, whose passions include the Kardashians and plants from Target, has seen video of her mom winning the B final at those Games). They’re a three-hour drive down Interstate 75 from Ledecky’s base in Gainesville.

Also Friday, Erin Gemmell celebrated her 18th birthday by nearly becoming the first American to beat Ledecky in a 200m freestyle in nearly nine years. Ledecky won by 42 hundredths of a second in 1:56.74 and said she had an off-day while also praising Gemmell, the daughter of her former coach.

NBC airs U.S. Open highlights on Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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