Saturday program, top athletes, TV info

First final of the women’s 10,000m on the track

The first individual race final on the track will be the women’s 10,000 metres, which will take place in Saturday’s morning session on day two of the World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field.

The podium opportunities in this race seem to be up for grabs.

Reigning Olympic champion Sifan Hassan is entered but hasn’t raced much this season after her hat-trick in Tokyo, silver medalist Kalkidan Gezahegne is not entered and fifth-placed Francine Niyonsaba withdrew earlier this week in due to injury.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, the world record holder, is in the pack, making her the favorite, as is Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, fourth in Tokyo.

This will be American Karissa Schweizer’s first chance to win a medal and the Olympian looked great in late May when she won the US title.

Schweizer, who trains with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland under new Oregon Ducks track coach Jerry Schumacher, is also entered in the 5,000 this week.

Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who trains with Union Athletics Club in Portland, is also entered in Saturday’s 10,000m race, scheduled for 12:20 p.m.

Other Saturday Highlights

Women’s 3000m steeplechase semi-finals, 10:35 a.m. — Olympic silver medalist and American record holder Courtney Frerichs – another member of the Bowerman Track Club – has battled health issues this season and finished third at the USATF meet. She just needs to pass this round to qualify for Wednesday’s final. American champion Emma Coburn has medaled at the last two world championships, winning the title in 2017 and silver in 2019.

Courtney Frerichs navigates the water jump to win the first round of the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at the United States Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field Friday, June 24, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.

110 men’s hurdles, eliminations, 11:25 a.m. — The fastest four times recorded this season came from all four Americans on the court, with fan favorite and Oregon track alum Devon Allen leading with his mid-June 12.84. But Grant Holloway is the reigning world champion, Daniel Roberts is the United States champion, and Florida State’s Trey Cunningham is the NCAA champion. All are looking to qualify for the semi-finals and ultimately the final, with both races scheduled for Sunday.

Men’s 400m hurdles, 1:20 p.m. — American champion Rai Benjamin was in sensational form last month at the USATF Outdoor Championships when he ran 47.04 to claim victory. But the headliner is world record holder and Olympic champion Karstan Warholm of Norway, who has been battling a hamstring injury since early June. Olympic bronze medalist Alison dos Santos has the best world time this season at 46.80.

Cooper Teare, center, celebrates his victory on day three of the men's 1,500 meters of the 2022 United States Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

1500m men, 6:30 p.m. — The field is filled with names familiar to Eugene fans. Former Ducks Cooper Teare and Johnny Gregorek are entered, as are Jake Heyward and Will Paulson of the Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite, and Josh Thompson of the Bowerman Track Club. But the star of the event is Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigsten. The objective is to qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday.

Other finals on Saturday — Men’s hammer, noon; men’s long jump. 6:20 p.m.; women’s shot put, 6:25 p.m.; 100n men, semi-finals/finals, 5:10 p.m./7:50 p.m.

How to watch Saturday

TV: 10:30 a.m.-noon, CNBC; Noon-2 p.m., NBC; 5-6 p.m., CNBC; 6-8 p.m., NBC

Other ways to watch: All television coverage will be simulcast via NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app, with programming featuring Peacock Premium. For a complete schedule, visit NBCsports.com.

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Naomi C. Amerson