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 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

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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Football takes significant step in Olympic push

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Football took another step toward possible Olympic inclusion with the IOC executive board proposing that the sport’s international federation — the IFAF — be granted full IOC recognition at a meeting in October.

IOC recognition does not equate to eventual Olympic inclusion, but it is a necessary early marker if a sport is to join the Olympics down the line. The IOC gave the IFAF provisional recognition in 2013.

Specific measures are required for IOC recognition, including having an anti-doping policy compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency and having 50 affiliated national federations from at least three continents. The IFAF has 74 national federations over five continents with almost 4.8 million registered athletes, according to the IOC.

The NFL has helped lead the push for flag football to be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Flag football had medal events for men and women at last year’s World Games, a multi-sport competition including Olympic and non-Olympic sports, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Football is one of nine sports that have been reported to be in the running to be proposed by LA 2028 to the IOC to be added for the 2028 Games only. LA 2028 has not announced which, if any sports, it plans to propose.

Under rules instituted before the Tokyo Games, Olympic hosts have successfully proposed to the IOC adding sports solely for their edition of the Games.

For Tokyo, baseball-softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were added. For Paris, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were approved again, and breaking will make its Olympic debut. Those sports were added four years out from the Games.

For 2028, the other sports reportedly in the running for proposal are baseball and softball, breaking, cricket, karate, kickboxing, lacrosse, motorsports and squash.

All of the other eight sports reportedly in the running for 2028 proposal already have a federation with full IOC recognition (if one counts the international motorcycle racing federation for motorsports).

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Helen Maroulis stars in wrestling documentary, with help from Chris Pratt

Helen Maroulis, Chris Pratt

One of the remarkable recent Olympic comeback stories is the subject of a film that will be shown nationwide in theaters for one day only on Thursday.

“Helen | Believe” is a documentary about Helen Maroulis, the first U.S. Olympic women’s wrestling champion. It is produced by Religion of Sports, the venture founded by Gotham Chopra, Michael Strahan and Tom Brady. Showing details are here.

After taking gold at the 2016 Rio Games, Maroulis briefly retired in 2019 during a two-year stretch in which she dealt with concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder. The film focuses on that period and her successful bid to return and qualify for the Tokyo Games, where she took bronze.

In a poignant moment in the film, Maroulis described her “rock bottom” — being hospitalized for suicidal ideations.

In an interview, Maroulis said she was first approached about the project in 2018, the same year she had her first life-changing concussion that January. A wrestling partner’s mother was connected to director Dylan Mulick.

Maroulis agreed to the film in part to help spread mental health awareness in sports. Later, she cried while watching the 2020 HBO film, “The Weight of Gold,” on the mental health challenges that other Olympians faced, because it resonated with her so much.

“When you’re going through something, it sometimes gives you an anchor of hope to know that someone’s been through it before, and they’ve overcome it,” she said.

Maroulis’ comeback story hit a crossroads at the Olympic trials in April 2021, where the winner of a best-of-three finals series in each weight class made Team USA.

Maroulis won the opening match against Jenna Burkert, but then lost the second match. Statistically, a wrestler who loses the second match in a best-of-three series usually loses the third. But Maroulis pinned Burkert just 22 seconds into the rubber match to clinch the Olympic spot.

Shen then revealed that she tore an MCL two weeks earlier.

“They told me I would have to be in a brace for six weeks,” she said then. “I said, ‘I don’t have that. I have two and a half.’”

Maroulis said she later asked the director what would have happened if she didn’t make the team for Tokyo. She was told the film still have been done.

“He had mentioned this isn’t about a sports story or sports comeback story,” Maroulis said. “This is about a human story. And we’re using wrestling as the vehicle to tell this story of overcoming and healing and rediscovering oneself.”

Maroulis said she was told that, during filming, the project was pitched to the production company of actor Chris Pratt, who wrestled in high school in Washington. Pratt signed on as a producer.

“Wrestling has made an impact on his life, and so he wants to support these kinds of stories,” said Maroulis, who appeared at last month’s Santa Barbara Film Festival with Pratt.

Pratt said he knew about Maroulis before learning about the film, which he said “needed a little help to get it over the finish line,” according to a public relations company promoting the film.

The film also highlights the rest of the six-woman U.S. Olympic wrestling team in Tokyo. Four of the six won a medal, including Tamyra Mensah-Stock‘s gold.

“I was excited to be part of, not just (Maroulis’) incredible story, but also helping to further advance wrestling and, in particular, female wrestling,” Pratt said, according to responses provided by the PR company from submitted questions. “To me, the most compelling part of Helen’s story is the example of what life looks like after a person wins a gold medal. The inevitable comedown, the trauma around her injuries, the PTSD, the drive to continue that is what makes her who she is.”

Maroulis, who now trains in Arizona, hopes to qualify for this year’s world championships and next year’s Olympics.

“I try to treat every Games as my last,” she said. “Now I’m leaning toward being done [after 2024], but never say never.”

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