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Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
2023 WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BUDAPEST BEGIN THIS WEEK ACROSS NBC, PEACOCK, USA NETWORK, AND CNBC
Track & Field’s Biggest Global Event to be Presented August 19-27
Eight Hours of Live Coverage Across Three Weekend Afternoons on NBC Broadcast Network Highlight 50 Hours of Coverage on TV
Peacock is Streaming Home for Outdoor World Championships with 125 Competition Hours, Including 75 Exclusive
Noah Lyles, Fred Kerley, Ryan Crouser, Sha’Carri Richardson and Many More U.S. Stars Expected to Compete for World Titles
Part 1 of Untitled: The Noah Lyles Project Premieres This Friday, August 18, Exclusively on Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 15, 2023 – NBC Sports begins its comprehensive live coverage of the 2023 World Track & Field Championships from the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, Hungary this Saturday across NBC, Peacock, CNBC, and USA Network. U.S. stars such as two-time 200m world champion Noah Lyles, defending 100m world champion Fred Kerley, two-time reigning Olympic shot put gold medalist, defending world champion, and world record holder Ryan Crouser, 2023 U.S. 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson, and more will compete against the world’s premiere international competition as they prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympics next summer.
NBC Sports will present nearly 50 hours of live programming on television, including eight hours of live weekend coverage (August 19-20, 27) on the NBC broadcast network, plus select windows on USA Network and CNBC. Peacock is the streaming home of the World Championships, presenting 125 total hours of daily live coverage throughout the nine-day championship meet, including 75 exclusive hours of live, world feed coverage of all field event finals. All television coverage will simulstream on Peacock. NBC Sports’ full 2023 World Track & Field Championship schedule is below.
The first weekend of action is highlighted by the men’s 100m final on Sunday, Aug. 20, during the evening session on NBC and Peacock and expected to feature defending champion Kerley and Lyles. It’s followed by the women’s 100m final and men’s 110m hurdles final on Monday, Aug. 21, during the evening session on USA Network and Peacock, expected to feature Richardson and defending champion Grant Holloway, respectively. The evening session on Tuesday, Aug. 22, will include the women’s 1500m final and is expected to feature defending champion and world record holder Faith Kipyegon (Kenya).
In total, this competition is expected to feature 62 U.S. Tokyo Olympians, 21 U.S. Tokyo Olympic medalists, and 10 U.S. athletes defending their world titles from 2022.
Two-time 200m world champion Lyles looks to become the first man since Usain Bolt in 2015 to pull off the 100m/200m gold medal double, while Kerley can become the first man since Bolt to win consecutive 100m world titles (2013, 2015). Lyles has stated that one of his goals is to break Bolt’s 200m world record in Budapest.
Crouser aims to win his second consecutive shot put world title to cap off a historic 2023 outdoor season that saw him break his own world record in the event in May of this year. Richardson, competing at her first World Championships, aims to become the first U.S. woman to medal in the 100m at an outdoor World Championship since 2017.
Reigning Olympic and defending 800m world champion Athing Mu, 2022 world 200m bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton, reigning Olympic and defending pole vault champion Katie Moon, two-time Tokyo Olympic medalist Gabby Thomas, defending 400m world champion Michael Norman, Tokyo Olympic and 2022 400m hurdles silver medalist Rai Benjamin, and a host of elite American athletes are expected to compete on the big stage with an eye on making the medal stand.
On the international side, reigning Olympic 1500m champion and defending world 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) looks to become the first man since Bernard Lagat in 2007 to sweep the 1500m/5000m double, while newly minted 1500m, mile and 5000m world record holder Faith Kipyegon aims to win an unprecedented third 1500m world title that would give her the most all-time.
Ten-time world champion sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), three-time world champion sprinter Shericka Jackson (Jamaica), two-time 400m hurdles world champion and world record holder Karsten Warholm (Norway), three-time triple jump world champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela), and defending world pole vault champion and world record holder Mondo Duplantis (Sweden), are some of the many elite athletes expected to compete at the most premier track & field meet of the year.
Leigh Diffey and Paul Swangard serve as play-by-play announcers alongside four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon, four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic decathlon silver medalist Trey Hardee, and two-time Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher. Lewis Johnson serves as reporter.
UNTITLED: THE NOAH LYLES PROJECT
This Friday, August 18, Part One of NBC Sports’ two-part docuseries, Untitled: The Noah Lyles Project, will premiere exclusively on Peacock. The first episode will take a behind-the-scenes look at the first half of Lyles’ 2023 outdoor season, detailing his racing, training, coaching staff, family, and more, as he looks to win his third consecutive 200m world title in Budapest.
- Click here to watch the opening title sequence from Part One.
- Click here to see Lyles get ready for the season – on the massage table.
- Click here to listen to Lyles reminisce on his 200m world title at the 2022 World Track & Field Championships in front of a home crowd in Eugene, Ore.
- Click here to watch Lyles meet the man whose 200m world record he’s chasing, Usain Bolt, in the legend’s home country of Jamaica.
- Click here to watch Lyles’ mother discuss his childhood and history with asthma.
NBC SPORTS’ 2023 WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE (all times ET unless noted):
|Sat., Aug. 19||Peacock||2:50-4:30 a.m.||Men’s 20km Race Walk|
|Peacock||5:45-7:45 a.m.||Heptathlon Coverage|
|CNBC, Peacock||4:30-8 a.m.||Morning Session|
|CNBC, Peacock||1-2:30 p.m.||Evening Session|
|NBC, Peacock||2:30-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Sun., Aug. 20||Peacock||1:15-3 a.m.||Women’s 20km Race Walk|
|CNBC, Peacock||3:30-8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-Noon||Morning Session; Evening Session|
|NBC, Peacock||Noon-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Mon., Aug. 21||USA Network, Peacock||1-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Tues., Aug. 22||USA Network, Peacock||12:30-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Wed., Aug. 23||USA Network, Peacock||4-7:30 a.m.; 1:30-4 p.m.||Morning Session; Evening Session|
|Thurs., Aug. 24||Peacock||1-4:15 a.m.||Men’s & Women’s 35km Race Walk|
|USA Network, Peacock||1-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Fri., Aug. 25||Peacock||4:55-7:50 a.m.; 12:30-1:30 p.m.||Decathlon|
|USA Network, Peacock||1:30-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Sat., Aug. 26||CNBC, Peacock||1-4 a.m.||Women’s Marathon|
|Peacock||5-6:50 a.m.; 8-10:15 a.m.; 1:05-3:30 p.m.||Decathlon|
|CNBC, Peacock||1:30-4 p.m.||Evening Session|
|Sun., Aug. 27||CNBC, Peacock||1-3:30 a.m.||Men’s Marathon|
|NBC, Peacock||1-3:30 p.m.||Evening Session|
|CNBC, Peacock||2:30-4 p.m.||Evening Session|