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2019 World Track and Field Championships Week set for Olympic Channel

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The 2019 World Track and Field Championships launch an 11-week series of 2019 World Championships Weeks on Olympic Channel on Monday, highlighting competition across Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Next week’s coverage includes 50 hours of programming from the track and field worlds, held in Doha last September and October. All coverage will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

At the meet, the U.S. earned 14 gold medals (tying its record) and 29 total medals, a promising sign for success at the first post-Usain Bolt Olympics in Tokyo.

American stars included veterans — Allyson Felix broke her tie with Bolt for most career world titles, Dalilah Muhammad lowered her 400m hurdles world record and Christian Taylor earned his sixth global triple jump title.

And newcomers — sprinters Christian Coleman (100m), Noah Lyles (200m) and Grant Holloway (110m hurdles) were among the first-time world champions.

Moms were also impressive, from Felix at her first international meet since having daughter Camryn to Nia Ali (100m hurdles champ) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100m champ).

The next 2019 World Championships Week broadcasts will feature swimming (week of May 18) and gymnastics (week of May 25).

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DAY SESSION TIME (ET) KEY EVENTS
Monday Day 1 8 p.m. Men’s 100m Heats
Day 2 11 p.m. Men’s 100m, Women’s Hammer
Tuesday Day 3 8 p.m. Women’s 100m, Mixed 4x400m
Day 4 11 p.m. Men’s 400m Hurdles, Women’s 800m
Wednesday Day 5 8 p.m. Men’s 200m, 800m, Pole Vault
Day 6 10:30 p.m. Men’s 110m Hurdles, Women’s 200m
Thursday Day 7 8 p.m. Women’s 400m, Decathlon
Day 8 11 p.m. Women’s 400m Hurdles, Men’s 400m
Friday Day 9 8 p.m. 4x100m Relays, Men’s Shot Put
Day 10 9 p.m. 4x400m Relays, Women’s 100m Hurdles
Saturday Day 1 1 p.m. Men’s 100m Heats
Day 2 4 p.m. Men’s 100m, Women’s Hammer
Day 3 5 p.m. Women’s 100m, Mixed 4x400m
Day 4 8 p.m. Men’s 400m Hurdles, Women’s 800m
Day 5 11 p.m. Men’s 200m, 800m, Pole Vault
Sunday Day 6 1 p.m. Men’s 110m Hurdles, Women’s 200m
Day 7 4:30 p.m. Women’s 400m, Decathlon
Day 8 7:30 p.m. Women’s 400m Hurdles, Men’s 400m
Day 9 10 p.m. 4x100m Relays, Men’s Shot Put
Day 10 11 p.m. 4x400m Relays, Women’s 100m Hurdles

World track and field championships moved to July 2022 in Oregon

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Eugene, Ore., will host the world track and field championships July 15-24, 2022, World Athletics announced Wednesday.

The championships had been set for Aug. 6-15, 2021. But with the Tokyo Olympics moved from 2021 from 2022, the event was moved back one year.

Many athletes will have a busy summer in 2022. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will proceed as scheduled July 27-Aug. 7 in Birmingham, England, as will the multisport European Championships Aug. 11-21 in Munich, Germany.

“This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics.”

The world championships will be held at Eugene’s Hayward Field, which has a long history of hosting major U.S. events — Olympic trials, U.S. championships and the NCAA championships — as well as the 2014 world junior championships and the Prefontaine Classic, an annual Diamond League event. The stadium is being expanded to 12,650 permanent seats with the capability of being further expanded to 25,000.

This year’s Prefontaine Classic is set to be the first meet in the renovated stadium, but the coronavirus may threaten plans to host the event as scheduled June 6-7. Diamond League events scheduled for May have been postponed.

The last world championships were held in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. led the medal tally with 14 gold medals and 29 total.

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Swimming, track and field federations look at flexibility for 2021 World Championships

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The international governing bodies for aquatics (swimming) and track and field are determining the flexibility of the dates of their summer 2021 World Championships now that the Tokyo Olympics will be moved to 2021.

Specific dates for the Tokyo Games have not been determined, but they will be rescheduled beyond 2020 for not later than summer 2021.

The 2021 World Aquatics Championships, which include swimming, diving, water polo and artistic (synchronized) swimming, are scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The 2021 World Track and Field Championships are scheduled for Aug. 6-15 in Eugene, Ore.

FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, said it will work with the 2021 Worlds organizing committee, the Japan Swimming Federation and Japanese public authorities to determine date flexibility, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.

Cornel Marculescu, FINA’s executive director, said there is no chance of the next worlds being bumped back to 2022.

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” he defiantly told The Associated Press by phone.

Marculescu said the IOC is considering two options for the Summer Games, which will have a direct impact on FINA’s next move.

“If they do it in summer, then we (will have to change) the dates (of the world championships),” he said. “If they do it at the beginning of the year, maybe we don’t need to touch the dates. The only thing we do, we wait to see what is the IOC decision.”

World Athletics has been in discussion with its 2021 Worlds organizing committee regarding the possibility of changing dates. The committee “reassured us that they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates, including dates in 2022,” according to a release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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