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Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
U.S. TRACK & FIELD OLYMPIAN CHRISTIAN COLEMAN HEADLINES STAR-STUDDED PREFONTAINE CLASSIC AS PART OF THIS WEEK’S OLYMPIC SPORTS PROGRAMMING ACROSS NBC SPORTS
World’s Fastest Man in 2019 Christian Coleman Headlines Live Coverage of the Prefontaine Classic from Stanford, Calif., Beginning Sun., June 30, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC
Live Coverage of Men’s Volleyball Nations League Continues with USA vs. Serbia on Sat., June 29, at 10 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Additional Programming This Week Includes: World Junior Gymnastics Championships from Gyor, Hungary, and Dew Tour Skateboarding from Long Beach, California
All Olympic Sports Coverage Across NBC Sports Platforms is a Presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 26, 2019 – U.S. track and field Olympian and the world’s fastest man in 2019 Christian Coleman competes at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University this Sunday, June 30, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC, highlighting Olympic sports programming this week across NBC Sports. All Olympic sports coverage televised and streamed across NBC Sports platforms is presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Coleman set the 2019 world-leading time of 9.85 seconds in the men’s 100m two weeks ago at the Diamond League event in Norway. He now owns the world’s best time in the event for the third year in a row and is looking to become the new fastest man on Earth following the retirement of Usain Bolt. He is expected to lead the American team at Stanford this weekend. Americans Justin Gatlin and Michael Rodgers will also be competing against Coleman in the 100m this weekend. Gatlin won Olympic gold in the 100m at the 2004 Athens Games, while Rodgers is a two-time 100m national champion.
Also expected to compete this weekend are current 200m and 400m world-leader Michael Norman in the men’s 400m, Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser in men’s shot put.
The Prefontaine Classic is typically held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, but the complex is currently undergoing renovations for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2021 World Championships.
Following are additional programming highlights this week across NBC Sports:
VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE (MEN’S)
LIVE COVERAGE OF THE MEN’S COMPETITION CONTINUES SAT., JUNE 29, WITH USA VS. SERBIA FROM PLOVDIV, BULGARIA AT 10 A.M. ET
The FIVB Volleyball Nations League is a global tournament that spans nearly two months and comprises 260 total matches. Sixteen nations per gender play 15 matches each during pool play, which lasts five weeks. The top five teams from the preliminary rounds will compete in the VNL Final Six along with host nations China (women’s) and the United States (men’s). The U.S. women, who are defending Nations League champions, finished pool play in second place with a 12-3 record. The women’s final begins July 3 in Nanjing, China. The U.S. men, who won the Nations League bronze medal last year, are 7-5 after four rounds of pool play.
Live coverage of the men’s competition continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with USA vs. Serbia in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. NBC presents additional coverage on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
WORLD JUNIOR GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – GYOR, HUNGARY
COVERAGE BEGINS SAT., JUNE 29 AT 6 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The first-ever World Junior Championships in artistic gymnastics will take place in Gyor, Hungary. The U.S. will send a contingent of three women and three men, plus an alternate for each gender. The three men competing will be Garrett Braunton, Matthew Cormier, and Isaiah Drake, while the U.S. women’s team includes Sydney Barros, Skye Blakely, and Kayla DiCello. Medals will be awarded for team, all-around, and individual events.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present two days of apparatus finals coverage: Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, June 30, at 6 p.m. ET.
DEW TOUR – LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
NBC PRESENTS COVERAGE ON SAT., JUNE 29 & SUN., JUNE 30 AT 3 P.M. ET
The Dew Tour in Long Beach, California, was the first U.S.-based qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics, and points earned at the event will factor into the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings, which is how most athletes will qualify for the Games. Cory Juneau’s second-place finish in men’s park was the best American result on the weekend, which saw strong showings from the Japanese and Brazilian contingents.
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