How to Watch Track & Field at the Rio Olympics

American Evan Jager soars over the water pit en route to winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 8 in Eugene, Ore. Photo: PhotoRun.net

There’s nothing quite like track and field competition in the Olympics. From the 100 meters to the marathon, every event is full of drama, grit, heartbreak and celebration.

The good news for track and field fans is that the 2016 Summer Olympics will feature more live broadcasting of events than ever before. The networks and digital platforms of NBC Universal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming from Aug. 5–21, and hopefully that means fewer cutaways from key track races longer than the 1,500m.

Although initial Olympic competition begins on Aug. 3, the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics will air on NBC via a one-hour tape delay at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5. Track and field competition will be held every day between Aug. 12-21.

Almost all of NBC’s track and field coverage will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network, but plenty of live action and videos can also be found at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app on a smartphone or tablet. The women’s marathon is slated for 8:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 14, while the men’s marathon will be held a week later at 8:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 21.

The Rio Olympic Games conclude on Aug. 21, with the closing ceremony being shown live on NBC beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Here are a few more resources to help you follow the Olympic action from Rio:

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