Usain Bolt Races in the Men's 100m Opening Heats This Friday on NBC Sports

Usain Bolt will compete in the final meet of his illustrious career as NBC Sports Group presents nearly 100 hours of 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships coverage from London, England. An eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt will run in the men's 100m opening heats this Friday, August 4, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The men's 100m final will air within NBC's live coverage of the event this Saturday, August 5, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Bolt is also expected to be part of Jamaica's team for the 4x100m relay, which will air within NBC's live coverage next Saturday, August 12, also beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

NBCSN begins coverage of the event Friday at 7 p.m. ET, continuing Saturday live at 5 a.m. ET. Coverage of the event continues throughout the week on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, culminating on Sunday, August 13.

The IAAF World Track & Field Championships will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com, OlympicChannel.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Olympic Channel app, as well as with a subscription to NBC Sports Gold's "Track and Field Pass." As part of its coverage, NBC Sports Gold will present exclusive bonus coverage of field events, highlights, replays.

The U.S. squad is headlined by four reigning world champions and eight 2016 Olympic individual gold medalists. Returning to defend their 2015 individual world titles are six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix in the women's 400m, three-time gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta in the women's long jump, Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs in the men's shot put, and two-time gold medalist Christian Taylor in the men's triple jump.

Team USA is also headlined by reigning Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz in the men's 1500m, three-time Olympic medalist Kerron Clement in the men's 400m hurdles, and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt in the men's 400m.

Olympic gold medalists from the 2016 Rio Games who will compete in London for the U.S. also include Michelle Carter in the women's shot put; Jeff Henderson in the men's long jump; Dalilah Muhammad in the women's 400m hurdles; and Ryan Crouser in the men's shot put. 2012 Olympic women's pole vault gold medalist Jenn Suhr returns to London, while Taylor revisits the site of the first of his two Olympic triple jump golds.

Other international stars in action include two Rio 400m gold medalists both looking to complete the 200m-400m double: South African Wayde van Niekerk and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas.

Rick Allen calls the action on NBC, the evening sessions on NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA's coverage Friday, August 11 at 2 p.m. ET. He will be joined by analyst and four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon, analyst Craig Masback and reporters Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris. Bill Doleman calls the morning sessions on NBCSN, joined by a combination of Kellie Wells, Josh Cox and Manteo Mitchell. Rob Walker, Steve Ovett and Katharine Merry call the action for coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will also present two Usain Bolt specials hosted by NBC Sports Group's Mike Tirico this Friday. The first will feature all of Bolt's World Championship wins from 2009-15 at 7 p.m. ET, while the second features all of his Olympic victories from 2008-16 at 10 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.

Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Following is the schedule for NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships:

Date Time (ET) Day/Session Network
Fri., Aug. 4 1:30 p.m. Day 1 - Evening Session (LIVE) Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., Aug. 4 7 p.m. Day 1 - Evening Session NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 5 5 a.m. Day 2 - Morning Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 5 9:30 a.m. Day 2 - Morning Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sat., Aug. 5 3 p.m. Day 2 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBC
Sat., Aug. 5 8 p.m. Day 2 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., Aug. 6 5 a.m. Day 3 - Morning Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 6 6 p.m. Day 3 - Morning Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., Aug. 6 2:30 p.m. Day 3 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBC
Sun., Aug. 6 Midnight Day 3 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Mon., Aug. 7 2 p.m. Day 4 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 7 8 p.m. Day 4 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Tues., Aug. 8 2 p.m. Day 5 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., Aug. 8 8 p.m. Day 5 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Wed., Aug. 9 2 p.m. Day 6 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., Aug. 9 8 p.m. Day 6 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Thurs., Aug. 10 2 p.m. Day 7 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., Aug. 10 8 p.m. Day 7 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., Aug. 11 5 a.m. Day 8 - Morning Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., Aug. 11 7:30 a.m. Day 8 - Morning Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., Aug. 11 2 p.m. Day 8 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., Aug. 11 11 p.m. Day 8 - Evening Session NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 12 5 a.m. Day 9 - Morning Session (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 12 9 a.m. Day 9 - Morning Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sat., Aug. 12 3 p.m. Day 9 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBC
Sat., Aug. 12 8 p.m. Day 9 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., Aug. 13 3 a.m. Day 10 - Morning Session (LIVE) Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., Aug. 13 2:30 p.m. Day 10 - Evening Session (LIVE) NBC
Sun., Aug. 13 8 p.m. Day 10 - Evening Session Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold - NBC Sports Digital's direct-to-consumer live streaming product - offers access to the IAAF Diamond League with its "Track and Field Pass."

In addition to live video streaming, viewers will have access to exclusive bonus coverage of field events, full stage video replays and highlights. NBC Sports Gold's "Track and Field Pass" gives fans access to more than 25 major marathon, TRACK AND FIELD events from April through December 2017. The direct-to-consumer pass offers fans unprecedented coverage - including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States - live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.

NBC Sports Gold's "Track and Field Pass," available for $69.99 and can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com.

NBC SPORTS APP: The NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will stream coverage via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Comcast's X1, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.

Both the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold are powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital's technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

Image courtesy of NBC.

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