The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are taking over Eugene, Oregon for the first time since the iconic Hayward Field stadium underwent major renovations in 2018. The meet will feature former gold medalists, NCAA champions and exciting young professionals across a packed eight-day schedule.
One of the most anticipated races of the meet will be the women’s 400-meter hurdles. The event will be a preview at the potential Olympic final, as world record holder Dalilah Muhammed faces off against Sydney McLaughlin, who holds the second-fastest time ever in the event. Allyson Felix in the 400-meter dash will be another one to watch as she attempts to qualify for her fifth-consecutive Games.
The men’s short sprints will also be competitive. Noah Lyles, a two-time gold medalist at the 2019 World Championships, is a favorite to qualify in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. Several athletes are right on his tail, including Fred Kerley, the reigning American champion in the 400-meter dash, who opted to run only the 100 and 200 at the Trials.
The Trials will also serve as a breakout opportunity for many young athletes looking to make the team for the first time. Sha’Carri Richardson dropped a blistering time of 10.72 in the 100 meters in April, and American record holder Grant Holloway is a top pick for the men’s 100-meter hurdles team.
After a long year of waiting thanks to COVID-19, here’s how to follow along with every event at the biggest meet in American track and field:
Schedule of events
The meet will run for 10 days from June 18–June 27, and events will be held daily except for two rest days June 22 and 23. The first day of the meet kicks off at 3 p.m. ET with the men’s shot put qualifying round, and track events begin with the first round of the women’s 1500 meters at 7:03 p.m. ET. Events will be run beginning at the following times each day: June 19 at 4 p.m. ET, June 20 at 3:15 p.m. ET, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. ET, June 24 at 4:25 p.m. ET, June 25 at 4 p.m. ET, June 26 at noon ET and June 27 at 4 p.m. ET. A complete schedule can be found here.
Qualifying races will be aired on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET June 18 and 21 and at 8 p.m. ET June 19. Finals will air on both NBC and NBCSN during the following dates and times:
NBC: June 18 and 19 at 10 p.m. ET, June 20 and 26 at 9 p.m. ET, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET and June 27 at 7 p.m. ET
NBCSN: June 24 at 9 p.m. ET and June 25 at 5 p.m. ET
All events will be streamed across NBC’s streaming service Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app.
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