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American Track & Field Athletes Look For Strong Start In Diamond League & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | May 03, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.

The Diamond League Season Kicks Off For Team USA Track & Field Stars
Phyllis Francis competes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Aug. 13, 2017 in London.


The season-opening Diamond League meet on Friday in Doha, Qatar, has plenty of Olympic star power.

Olympic gold medalists Brianna McNeal, Phyllis Francis and Ryan Crouser are among the 23 U.S. athletes going after podium finishes in the meet.

Other American participants include Raevyn Rogers, a sprinter who helped the U.S. women win the sprint medley relay in the USA vs. the World competition last week at the Penn Relays, and men’s 800-meter runner Donavan Brazier, who set the world indoor record in the 600 this year.

Crouser, who won the shot put at the Drake Relays last week, faces a strong field in Doha that includes 2017 Diamond League champion Darrell Hill of the U.S. and world champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand.

Sam Kendricks, a 2017 world champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, is joined by Andrew Irwin in the men’s pole vault.

The women’s competition is highlighted by McNeal, who led an American sweep in the 100 hurdles in Rio, and Francis, the 2017 400-meter world champ, who’ll be joined by Kyra Jefferson and Jeneba Tarmoh in the 200. Ajee Wilson, the 2017 world bronze medalist, joins Rogers in the 800.

The Doha meet is the first of 14 stops on the Diamond League series. The U.S. stop is the Prefontaine Classic, which is set for June 30 at Stanford while its usual location of Oregon’s Hayward Field undergoes renovations.

TV: Noon ET Friday, Olympic Channel; 11 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN

Webcast: 11:20 a.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: USA Track & Field on Twitter, IAAF on Twitter and Sam Kendricks on Instagram

Kerri Walsh Jennings And Brooke Sweat Highlight Field At FIVB Stop In Malaysia
Kerri Walsh Jennings in action at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Itapema on May 17, 2018 in Itapema, Brazil.


Five U.S. teams are in the main draw of a three-star FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, including five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat.

Walsh Jennings and Sweat won their first two matches. Corinne Quiggle and Amanda Dowdy made it into the women’s main draw by advancing through qualifying.

John Hyden, a two-time Olympian, and Ryan Doherty are among three U.S. teams in the men’s main draw. Joining them are the teams of Theo Brunner and four-time indoor Olympian Reid Priddy, and Miles Evans and Bill Kolinske.

The title matches are scheduled for Saturday.

Follow along on social: USA Beach Volleyball on Twitter, FIVB on Twitter and Kerri Walsh Jennings on Instagram

Fencing – Epee Grand Prix
Two-time Olympian Courtney Hurley and her sister, three-time Olympian Kelley Hurley, are among the top seven women’s epee fencers in the world entering this weekend’s grand prix tournament in Cali, Colombia. Courtney is ranked No. 5, and Kelley is No. 7. Kat Holmes, a 2016 Olympian, is ranked No. 26. Those three, along with Amanda Sirico, won the first women’s epee world championship in U.S. history last year. They are among 24 U.S. fencers competing in Cali. On the men’s side, ninth-ranked Jake Hoyle is among 12 U.S. men. The individual tournament goes from Friday through Sunday. 

Fencing – Foil World Cups
The U.S. women’s and men’s foil teams are competing in world cup stops in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, and St. Petersburg, Russia, respectively. Two-time Olympian Race Imboden, ranked third in the world, is coming off a grand prix win in February and two world cup podium finishes in January. Two other U.S. men’s fencers are in the top 10: three-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt at No. 6 and two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Massialas at No. 10. All have been ranked No. 1 in the world. On Sunday, Imboden, Meinhardt, Massialas and two-time Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson will go after Team USA's 11th consecutive podium finish in world cup team competition. They won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer, who is ranked third in the world, leads the U.S. women in Tauberbischofsheim. In the team competition, Kiefer is combining with 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross, Jackie Dubrovich and Iman Blow. They are also ranked third.

Climbing – Wujiang World Cup
Ashima Shiraishi goes after her first podium of the world cup season this weekend in Wujiang, China. She finished ninth in last week’s world cup bouldering competition in Chongqing, China, missing the final round by just three spots. Shiraishi is among 11 U.S. climbers competing in bouldering and speed competitions in Wujiang. Joining Shiraishi are Kyra Condie, Margo Hayes, Alex Johnson and Sienna Kopf in the bouldering competition. Emma Hunt will join them in the speed competition. Nathaniel Coleman was the highest-finishing American man last week, placing 17th in bouldering. He’ll be joined by Zach Galla, Sean Bailey, Rudolph Ruana and John Brosler in both the bouldering and speed events.

TV: 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Basketball – 3x3 National Championships
Spots in the 3x3 World Cup and Pan American Games will be up for grabs in the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships this weekend. Men’s and women’s tournaments will be held outdoors for the first time at the Las Vegas Events Center. 3x3 basketball will make its Olympic debut i and has proven to be a popular discipline since it was introduced at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The competition is held on a half court with a 10-minute clock and a 12-second shot clock. The first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. The entry list includes including former college basketball players Robbie Hummel (Purdue), Damon Huffman (Brown), Kareem Maddox (Princeton) and Dan Mavraides (Princeton) for the defending men champion’s team, Ariel Slow & Steady. The women’s field includes squads from NCAA Final Four teams Oregon and Connecticut, plus 11 other NCAA D-I schools.

Webcast: 1 a.m. ET Sunday, usab.com/live

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.