NBC SPORTS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS PRESENT 4 ½ HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2011 U.S. TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
Olympic Medalists Jeremy Wariner, Walter Dix, Bryan Clay, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Dawn Harper Highlight the Field
Seven Reigning World Champions Will Compete
NEW YORK – June 23, 2011 – NBC Sports and Universal Sports will present 4 ½ hours of LIVE coverage of the U.S. Track and Field Championships this weekend from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Coverage on both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Universal Sports and continue at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. The event features the best professional track and field athletes competing for spots on the Team USA roster for the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, held from August 27 – September 4 in Daegu, South Korea, which will air on NBC and Universal Sports.
The field is comprised of 7 reigning world champions: Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross, Kerron Clement, Brittney Reese, Dwight Phillips, Christian Cantwell and Trey Hardee.
The men’s competition features fan favorite Nick Symmonds competing in the 800m, while Khadevis Robinson looks to regain his dominance in this event by trying for his sixth national outdoor title. Olympic Bronze medalist Walter Dix will look to continue his successful season as the favorite in the 200m. Clement and Jeremy Wariner headline the 400m as the top two qualifiers. Wariner placed first at the Adidas Grand Prix (45.13 seconds) and second at the Pre Classic (45.43 seconds). Also participating is 2008 Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay.
The women’s side features a hotly-contested matchup in the 400m race between Olympic medalists Felix and Richards-Ross. Felix is the current world leader in the 400m at 49.81, while Richards-Ross has run 50.98 this year. The 100m Hurdles will prove to be a tight race with defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper racing against current world leader Kellie Wells and pre-season favorite Lolo Jones. Also competing this weekend in the women’s championship is five-time USA Outdoor Champion and 2008 Olympic silver medalist, pole-vaulter Jenn Suhr, who is looking to win her sixth consecutive USA Outdoor title.
NBC’s Olympic Track and Field broadcast team of Tom Hammond, Ato Bolden, Dwight Stones and Lewis Johnson will call the action.
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