NBC Sports and Universal Sports Combine for More Than 45 Hours of Coverage of the 2011 Track & Field World Championships

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August 25th, 2011

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NBC SPORTS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS COMBINE FOR MORE THAN 45 HOURS OF COVERAGE OF THE 2011 TRACK & FIELD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Olympians Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix Highlight this Year’s Field of World-Class Athletes

UniversalSports.com will Stream Live Coverage of Entire Event

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES --August 25, 2011 – NBC Sports and Universal Sports will present more than 45 hours of comprehensive coverage of the 2011 Track and Field World Championships from August 26 through September 4 from Daegu, South Korea. Universal Sports will begin its coverage tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET. NBC Sports will carry weekend coverage this Saturday 1:30-3 p.m. ET and Sunday 12:30-2 p.m. ET. Universal Sports continues its coverage throughout the week with two shows a day, including a primetime show each night at 10 p.m. ET called “Track Worlds Primetime”, with NBC Sports concluding coverage next weekend. On September 3, Universal Sports will broadcast their primetime show live at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ broadcast team in Daegu includes Olympic track and field broadcasters Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon and Lewis Johnson calling the action for both networks. Paul Sunderland and Dwight Stones will also contribute to the Universal Sports broadcast from the Westlake, Calif. studio.

In addition to the television broadcast, Universal Sports will offer full multi-platform coverage of the event. UniversalSports.com will provide LIVE coverage of the entire competition, including the prelims, on a subscription basis. Fans can also visit Universal Sports’ new iPad app for up-to-date broadcast schedules, breaking news, video highlights, special features, photo galleries and more.

On the men’s side, all eyes will be on Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who is looking for triple gold in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay races. Bolt is currently the defending world champion in all three events. Due to a groin injury, Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell has backed out of the world championships where he was sure to challenge the defending world champion. Bolt will still have his work cut out for him as he takes on American Walter Dix and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter. Dix will also race against Bolt in the 200m, an event he has won two Olympic bronze medals in.

Some American male athletes to watch include Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt who is looking to defend his world champion 400m title after being out of the track & field scene for awhile, Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver in the 110m hurdles and Trey Hardee who will put up a valiant defense of decathlon world title.

For the women, Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix of the U.S. will be in search of quadruple gold, as she will participate in the 200m, 400m and the 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m relay races. Felix hopes to continue her dominance in the 200m competition at the world championships, where she has won the last three gold medals. However, the 400m race is a different story; Felix has never competed in this event in the world championships and will have to beat defending world gold medalist and American teammate Sanya Richards-Ross.

Other American female athletes to watch include Carmelita Jeter in the 100m race, Kellie Wells and Danielle Carruthers in the 100m hurdles and long jumper Brittney Reese.

2011 Track & Field World Championships Broadcast Schedule

Tomorrow 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
Saturday 1:30-3 p.m., NBC
3-4:30 p.m., Universal Sports (NBC Show Re-Air)
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
Sunday 12:30-2 p.m. ET, NBC
2:30-4 p.m., Universal Sports (NBC Show Re-Air)
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
August 29 2-4 p.m. ET, Universal Sports
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
August 30 2-4 p.m., Universal Sports
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
August 31 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
September 1 2-4 p.m., Universal Sports
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
September 2 2-4 p.m., Universal Sports
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Universal Sports
September 3 2-3:30 p.m., NBC
3:30-5 p.m., Universal Sports (NBC Show Re-Air)
8-11 p.m., Universal Sports (Live)
September 4 1:30-3 p.m., NBC
3-4:30 p.m., Universal Sports (NBC Show Re-Air)

 

 
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