Flocking to the Bird’s Nest

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The World will be returning to the Bird’s Nest this Friday as the 2015 IAAF World Championships will begin its 10 day competition in Beijing, China.  For many international stars, this will be a return trip to Beijing as many athletes were here in 2008 for the Summer Olympics.  But for six HepsNation athletes, this will be their first time inside this historic stadium.

Donn Cabral, Abbey D’Agostino, and Ben True enter their respective events ranked in the top 10 on the entry lists rankings.  Cabral’s personal best of 8:13.37 ranks him 6th in the men’s steeplechase.  True has elected to focus on the 5,000m this weekend (he had also qualified in the 10km), where he is ranked 8th with a seasonal best of 13:06.15 (personal best of 13:02.74).  D’Agostino has reset her 5,000m personal best twice so far this year – this has helped her sit 9th in the entry list ranking with 15:03.85.  Sean Furey and Conor McCullough are ranked in the middle of the pack in their respective events (javelin and hammer throws, respectively), while Samyr Laine made the triple jump qualifying cut as the final qualifier.  The full schedule of events is available here, but for a HepsNation-only schedule, check out the bottom of this article for the day and time of their respective events (note – the date/time is in the US EST time zone).

The world will be watching, but will you? The meet will be broadcast through NBC platforms, where USATF has boasted that “nearly 48 hours of track & field coverage will be aired on broadcast television, including over 35 hours of live action.” Details of that coverage are summarized in a table on this Letsrun.com webpage (Letsrun.com has also provided some other meet viewing options if you cannot access the NBC sites/channels).  UniversalSports.com will live stream all events that air on Universal Sports Network. NBC Sports Live Extra, a live streaming app for desktops, mobile devices and tablets, will stream all programming that airs on NBC.

HepsNation-Only World Championship Schedule

Friday, 8/21:

9:30pm – Men’s Hammer Throw qualification – Group A

10:25pm – Men’s Steeplechase heats (Donn Cabral) 

10:55pm – Men’s Hammer Throw qualification – Group B (Conor McCullough) 

Sunday, 8/23:

6:30am – Men’s Hammer Throw final (Conor McCullough*)

Monday, 8/24:

7:00am – Men’s Javelin Throw qualification – Group A (Sean Furey)

8:25am – Men’s Javelin Throw qualification – Group B (Sean Furey)

9:15am – Men’s Steeplechase final (Donn Cabral)

Tuesday, 8/25:

9:35pm – Men’s 5,000m heats (Ben True)

10:00pm – Men’s Triple Jump qualification (Samyr Laine)

Wednesday, 8/26:

7:05am – Men’s Javelin Throw final (Sean Furey*)

9:40pm – Women’s 5,000m heats (Abbey D’Agostino)

Thursday, 8/27:

7:10am – Men’s Triple Jump final (Samyr Laine*)

Friday, 8/29:

7:30am – Men’s 5,000m final (Ben True*)

Saturday, 8/30:

7:15am – Women’s 5,000m final (Abbey D’Agostino*)

* – if athlete qualifies for final

Good luck to all HepsNation athletes as they take on the world!

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