Noah Lyles faces new challenge at Monaco Diamond League; TV, live stream schedule

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Noah Lyles‘ biggest threats to his 200m supremacy through the next Olympics are all slated to line up against him at a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Wednesday.

It airs live on Peacock from 2-4 p.m. ET. CNBC airs coverage Saturday from 1-3.

Lyles, who broke Michael Johnson‘s American record at the world championships last month, is the headliner of the main event of the most prestigious annual track and field competition in Europe.

But there are others on the marquee: Michael Norman, who at last earned his world title in the 400m and could move down in distance for the 2024 Paris Games. Plus 18-year-old phenom Knighton, who took bronze at worlds.

That’s just one of Wednesday’s sizzling sprint fields. World records could also be under threat in other events in Monaco, which has a penchant for producing fast times in distance races.

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

12:30 p.m. — Men’s Long Jump
1:20 — Women’s Pole Vault
1:35 — Women’s Javelin
1:45 — Men’s High Jump
2:04 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:14 — Men’s 1000m
2:24 — Women’s 100m
2:26 — Women’s Triple Jump
2:32 — Women’s 1500m
2:47 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
2:56 — Women’s 800m
3:06 — Women’s 400m
3:16 — Men’s 3000m
3:33 — Men’s 200m
3:44 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

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

Women’s 100m — 2:24 p.m. ET
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returns four days after running the world’s fastest time this year, a 10.66 that was one hundredth faster than she clocked to win her fifth world title last month. The 35-year-old mom could be pushed to something faster given the additional presence of Shericka Jackson, who took silver in the world championships 100m and gold in the 200m.

Women’s Triple Jump — 2:26 p.m. ET
The deepest event of the meet with the top six returning from the world championships, led by Olympic and world champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela. Rojas’ lone defeat in nearly three years came in Monaco last year, where Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts got the win. Ricketts is in this field. Ricketts took silver at worlds, but was nearly two feet behind Rojas, who had the three best jumps of the final. The margin separating Rojas from Ricketts was greater than the margin separating Ricketts from sixth place.

Women’s 1500m — 2:32 p.m. ET
Faith Kipyegon
, the Olympic and world champion, could take aim at the world record. Last year in Monaco, she lowered her Kenyan record by 2.84 seconds and ran the fourth-fastest time in history. Her 3:51.07 was exactly one second slower than Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba‘s world record, set in Monaco in 2015. Kipyegon, a 28-year-old mom, ran the six best times of her career in the last 14 months. Her top rivals aren’t in the Monaco field, but Americans Sinclaire Johnson and Elise Cranny will be among those sizing themselves up against the legendary miler.

Men’s 110m Hurdles — 2:47 p.m. ET
Could be a better race than the world championships final won by Grant Holloway over countryman Trey Cunningham. Monaco has those two, plus U.S. champion Daniel Roberts, who was eliminated in the first round at worlds, and Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica, who withdrew before the world championships final injured. The only missing man is Devon Allen, who is busy trying to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

Men’s 200m — 3:33 p.m. ET
Lyles and Norman go head-to-head for the first time since 2019, when Norman handed Lyles his first outdoor 200m defeat in three years. The 2016 World Junior Championships roommates have since become senior world champions and will look in 2024 to win their first individual Olympic titles. Lyles is entrenched in the 200m. Norman has entertained 200m thoughts, even 100m thoughts, in the past. Now that he’s got a 400m gold medal, the shorter distances may be more appealing. However, there is much more competition there domestically in the form of Knighton, looking for the biggest win of his career.

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Remco Evenepoel wins world road race title after Mathieu van der Poel gets arrested

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WOLLONGONG, Australia — A fortnight after becoming Belgium’s first Grand Tour winner in 44 years, Remco Evenepoel became his country’s first men’s elite road race world champion in a decade to cap his breakthrough season.

Evenepoel won the Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour two weeks ago and was again dominant in Sunday’s 266.9-kilometer race as he broke away with 25 kilometers left and powered to an emphatic win.

The 22-year-old spread his arms in celebration as he crossed the line on his own to as he became the first Belgian man since Philippe Gilbert in 2012 to win a cycling worlds road race.

He became the first rider to win a Grand Tour and the world championships road race in the same year since American Greg LeMond in 1989, according to Gracenote.

French rider Christophe Laporte took second after winning the bunch sprint behind Evenepoel. Australian Michael Matthews won bronze as the chasing pack finished two minutes 21 seconds behind the Belgian.

The race featured 12 laps of a 17-kilometer finishing circuit at Wollongong, a coastal city south of Sydney.

Early breaks gained as much as eight minutes on the peloton, but they never looked threatening.

Inside the last 40 kilometers the pace quickened and the front group started to pull away. On the second last lap Evenepoel and Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko broke clear and built a small advantage.

The Belgian star, who earlier this season won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classic, pushed clear of Lutsenko on the second-last ascent of the tough Mt, Pleasant climb and was never challenged on his way to a dominant victory.

Compatriot Wout Van Aert just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth.

Before the race news emerged that Dutch star Mathieu van der Poel, one of the title favorites for the men’s race, had been arrested and charged by police for an alleged assault at the team’s hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police took van der Poel into custody after an incident at the team hotel involving an argument with two teenage girls as he was trying to sleep.

Van der Poel was cleared to start the race but pulled out shortly after.

On Saturday, 39-year-old Annemiek van Vleuten overcame an elbow fracture sustained three days earlier to win her second world road race title with an attack in the last 600 meters that caught the other eight leaders napping.

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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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 over the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. 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.

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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, doing so 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).

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