FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
KATIE LEDECKY HEADLINES LIVE COVERAGE OF 2023 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGINNING THIS FRIDAY, JULY 14, AT 7 P.M. ET ON PEACOCK
Live Daily Coverage from Fukuoka, Japan, Presented July 14-30, All Streaming Live on Peacock
Recap Shows of the World Championships on NBC on Sunday, July 30, at 5 p.m. ET and Saturday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m. ET
Commentators: Dan Hicks (Play-by-Play), Jason Knapp (Play-by-Play), Rowdy Gaines (Analyst), and Kira Dixon (Reporter)
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 12, 2023 – Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky headlines NBC Sports’ live coverage of the 2023 World Aquatics Championships from Fukuoka, Japan beginning this Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. ET on Peacock.
From this Friday, July 14, through next Sunday, July 30, NBC Sports presents daily live coverage of the World Aquatics Championships at Noon ET on Peacock. NBC will air encore coverage of the event on Sunday, July 30, at 5 p.m. ET and Saturday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m. ET.
This year’s Championships in Fukuoka will also serve as a 2024 Olympics qualifier, where Olympic spots and quotas will be on the line for participating athletes in diving, water polo, open water swimming and swimming relays.
Ledecky, who won four World Championship gold medals in 2022, looks to win her sixth straight World Championship title in the 800 free. The world record holder, Ledecky has won the 800 free at every international championship meet since the 2012 London Olympics. She is the only woman to break 8:10 in the event, which she has accomplished eight times in her career. Ledecky is expected to contest the 800 free as well as other events in Fukuoka.
Ledecky is joined on Team USA by an impressive group of athletes, including five-time Olympic medalist Lilly King, three-time Olympic medalist Regan Smith, two-time Tokyo Olympic champion Bobby Finke, six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Murphy, two-time Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz, and three-time 2022 world championship medalist Carson Foster.
Ledecky and Kalisz have competed in every long course World Championships since 2013, joining an elite crew of American swimmers, including Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, to have qualified for six World Championship teams.
On the international side, two-time Tokyo Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus (Australia), four-time world championship medalist Summer McIntosh (Canada), three-time world championship medalist Leon Marchand (France), and Tokyo Olympic 200m butterfly silver medalist Tomoru Honda (Japan) are all expected to compete.
Dan Hicks and Jason Knapp will handle play-by-play for the event alongside analyst Rowdy Gaines. Kira Dixon serves as the reporter.
Peacock’s Live Coverage Schedule, Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 30 (all times ET)
|Friday, July 14||10km Women Final||7-9:30 p.m.|
|10m Platform Synchro Mixed Final
|11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m.|
|Saturday, July 15||1m Springboard Women Final (Diving)||2:30-4 a.m.|
|3m Springboard Synchro Men Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|10km Men Final||6:45-9:30 p.m.|
|Women’s Preliminary: USA vs. China (Water Polo)||8-9:15 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 16||1m Springboard Men Final (Diving)||1:30-3:15 a.m.|
|10m Platform Synchro Women Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Men’s Preliminary: Kazakhstan vs. USA (Water Polo)||8-9:15 p.m.|
|Monday, July 17||3m Springboard Synchro Women Final
|10m Platform Synchro Men Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Tuesday, July 18||Women’s Preliminary: Australia vs. USA (Water Polo)||4:30-5:45 a.m.|
|3m/10m Team Event Final||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Wednesday, July 19||10m Platform Women Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Men’s Preliminary: USA vs. Australia (Water Polo)||7:30-8:45 a.m.|
|Thursday, July 20||Women’s Preliminary: France vs. USA (Water Polo)||3-4:15 a.m.|
|3m Springboard Men Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Duet Free Final (Artistic Swimming)||6:30-8 a.m.|
|Friday, July 21||Men’s Preliminary: USA vs. Greece (Water Polo)||12:30-1:45 a.m.|
|3m Springboard Women Final (Diving)||5-6:45 a.m.|
|Team Free Final (Artistic Swimming)||6:30-8 a.m.|
|Saturday, July 22||3m Springboard Synchro Mixed Final (Diving)||2:30-4 a.m.|
|10m Platform Men Final (Diving)||5:30-7:15 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 1||9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.|
|Sunday, July 23||Swimming Finals Day 1||7-9:35 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 2||9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.|
|Monday, July 24||Swimming Finals Day 2||7-9:05 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 3||9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.|
|Tuesday, July 25||Swimming Finals Day 3||7-9:20 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 4||9:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.|
|Wednesday, July 26||Women’s Water Polo Semifinal 1||4-5:15 a.m.|
|Women’s Water Polo Semifinal 2||5:30-6:45 a.m.|
|Swimming Finals Day 4||7-9:30 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 5||9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.|
|Thursday, July 27||Men’s Water Polo Semifinal 1||4-5:15 a.m.|
|Men’s Water Polo Semifinal 2||5:30-6:45 a.m.|
|Swimming Finals Day 5||7-9:30 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 6||9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.|
|Friday, July 28||Women’s Water Polo Final||5-6:15 a.m.|
|Swimming Finals Day 6||7-9:25 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 7||9:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.|
|Saturday, July 29||Men’s Water Polo Final||5-6:15 a.m.|
|Swimming Finals Day 7||7-9:30 a.m.|
|Swimming Prelims Day 8||9:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.|
|Sunday, July 30||Swimming Finals Day 8||6:45-9:45 a.m.|
|Highlight Show||5-6 p.m.**|
|Saturday, Aug. 5||Highlight Show||1:30-3 p.m.**|
**Encore coverage on NBC