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Watch 2015 IAAF World Relays Live Stream on Universal Sports

LOS ANGELES – Universal Sports Network will present exclusive LIVE television and online coverage of the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on May 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

The two day meet will feature more than 600 of the world’s best track athletes competing in the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley (1200m, 400, 800m and 1600m).

The top eight finishers in the men’s and women’s 4×100m and 4×400m relays will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Team USA’s roster is comprised of 51 athletes and features 21 Olympians who will defend the Golden Baton, which is awarded to the overall best team at the World Relays.

At last year’s inaugural World Relays, the U.S. women won four of five relays including an American record performance by the 4x800m team.

The U.S. women’s team includes three of four members of the world record women’s 4×100m relay team in Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Fla.), four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif.) and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas), will compete in the women’s 4×400m relay.

On the U.S. men’s side, the 4×100m relay includes three of the four members of the London Olympics silver medal team in Ryan Bailey (Los Angeles, Calif.), Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Fla.) and Tyson Gay (Los Angeles, Calif.) The 4×400m relay features two members from the indoor world record squad in Kyle Clemons (Lawrence, Kan.), and David Verburg (Gainesville, Fla.), and three of four of the defending world championship team in LaShawn Merritt (Bradenton, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Gainesville, Fla.) and Verburg.

Headlining the international field are Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, currently the world’s fastest man and woman.

Last year’s inaugural 2014 World Relays served as a qualifier for eight of 16 spots in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the upcoming 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing which take place August 22-30, and will also air on Universal Sports Network in the U.S.

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Live Stream of World Championships on IAAF Radio and Universal Sports

MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Jamaica and United States were the fastest nations from the semi-finals of the women’s 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

Watch Live Stream of World Championships on Universal Sports: August 18, 2013 @ 6:00 am ET | Listen to live radio commentary on IAAF | Follow Live Results

The United States, leaving out top sprinter Carmelita Jeter for the heats, were the quickest of the qualifiers with 41.82 seconds and they defeat Brazil, who finished second in the heat in 42.29 and Russia (42.94).

Jamaica, running without sprint double world champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, won the first heat in 41.87secs, with France (42.25) joining them from that semis into the final.

The Bahamas, which won the second semi-finals were disqualified for a lane violation, but fellow Caribbean outfits Trinidad and Tobago, who finished fourth in the third semi-finals in 43.01 made it through to the final.

Semis two, after the disqualification, went to Great Britain with 42.75, with the fast finishing Canadian taking second in a new national record of 42.99.

In the men’s race, Jamaica was beaten into second place by Great Britain, who took semi-final one in 38.12 to the Jamaicans 38.17. The defending champions were without world record holder Usain Bolt, who will come in for the final.

The United States qualified for the final with a solid heat winning run of 38.06, despite a very poor final exchange to anchor runner Justin Gatlin.

An impressive Germany team won the third and final semis with 38.13 with Canada taking second in 38.29

Both men’s and women’s final take place later on tonight.

Still to come is the final of the women’s 800m, with American Brenda Martinez and Alysia Montano looking good from the top spots on the podium. Mariya Savinova and Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia are also in the final of the event.

The women’s Javelin and an exciting men’s Triple Jump final are also set for Sunday’s final day of action.

Day 8: Universal Sports, IAAF Radio World Championships Live Streaming

MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt goes in search of another major championship sprinter double when he takes on a strong field in the final of the men’s 200m at the IAAF World Championships on Day 8 on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.

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The Jamaican world record holder, has already captured the 100m dash and will look to join his fellow countrywoman Tom Mike Manis as sprint double champion after the latter achieved the feat with victory in the women’s half-lap on Friday.

Bolt will have Olympic bronze medallist and Jamaican training partner Warren Weir for company, along with with American Curtis Mitchell and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili, who both broke the 20-seconds barrier on their way to setting personal bests in the semis.

Another Jamaican, Nickel Ashmeade, has also been running well this season and is expected to fight for a medal.

Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar start favorite to win the women’s 5000m, after countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba, the 10,000m champion was only selected to run one event.

Young Kenyan runner Mercy Cherono, teammate Viola Kibiwot and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia are all expected to challenge Defar for the gold medal.

Also on Saturday is the final of the women’s 4x400m relay, with United States, Great Britain and Russia the favorites for the medals, with Jamaica, who started the championships as medal contender getting disqualified in the semi-final heats.

Olympic champion Sally Pearson goes in semi-final three of the women’s 100m hurdles, with American champion and world leader Brianna Rollins going in semis two.

The men’s Marathon, women’s High Jump and men’s Javelin Throw finals are all on as well.

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Farah and Fraser-Pryce complete dream double

MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Mo Farah completed fine doubles at the IAAF World Championships on day seven in Moscow, Russia on Friday night.

Jamaican Fraser-Pryce captured the women’s sprint double, following victory in the 200m final, while Farah held off the challenges of his rivals to take a fine 10,000m and 5000m double.

Fraser-Pryce posted 22.17 seconds in a slight head wind to take the gold medal in the women’s half-lap, completing a well deserved 100/200 double for the first time at a major championship.

Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast made it a double silver medal collection with second in the 200m in 22.32, the same time given to Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, who had missed out on winning a medal in the 100m.

American Allyson Felix, the 2012 London Olympic Games champion, pulled a muscle early in the race and had to be carried off the track. This means she will be out of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Farah, in the meantime, produced another strong final lap to hold off Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia and win the men’s 5000m gold medal, repeating the same feat he did at the Olympics last year.

The Great Britain star ran 13 minutes, 26.98 seconds for the title, beating Gebrhiwet, who clocked 13:27.26 and Kenya’s Isaiah Koech, 13:27.26.

Usain Bolt put himself in line to capture another global sprint double after winning his 200m semi-finals in a well relaxed 20.12secs.

Quickest of the qualifiers were American Curtis Mitchell (19.97) and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili (19.98) who both ran personal bests and were the only two under the 20-seconds barrier.

Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica and his teammate Nickel Ashmeade also made the final.

Elsewhere, Tatyana Lysenko of Russia won a very exciting women’s Hammer Throw with a world-leading, championship and national record mark of 78.80m. Anita Włodarczyk of Poland who battled hard with the Russian and her home supporters, was a close second with a national record of 78.46, while China’s Zhang Wenxiu won the bronze.

In other events, United States ran a world-leading 2:58.71 to win gold in the men’s 4x400m, beating Jamaica (2:59.88) and Russia (2:59.90), David Storl of Germany defended his shot put title with a 21.73m throw, while the men’s long jump gold medal went to Aleksandr Menkov of Russia with a jump of 8.56m.

Americans Alysia Montano (1:58.92) and Brenda Martinez (1:59.03) lead all qualifiers in the final of the women’s 800m.

World Championships Live Stream on Universal Sports – Day 7

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (Sporting Alert) — World Record holder Usain Bolt returns to action on Friday when he races in the heats of the men’s 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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Also set to face the starter’s gun on day seven is Great Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who goes in the men’s 5000m final and Olympic champion Allyson Felix of USA, who take on Jamaican 100m world gold medallist Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 200m final.

Bolt, who won the 100m title earlier this week in 9.77 seconds, goes in the last heat of the men’s 200m against his training partner Delano Williams of Great Britain.

Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir, another training partner of Bolt, is a favorite to improve on the color of that medal and he should have no problems taking heat three of the early rounds.

Nickel Ashmeade, a finalist in the 100m for Jamaica, American Wallace Spearmon, Jamaican Jason Livermore, Great Britain’s Adam Gemili also go in the opening heats.

The semi-finals of the event will be in the evening session.

The women’s 200m final is also on Friday, with Felix, Fraser-Pryce, Murielle Ahoure and Blessing Okagbare the main candidates for the medals.

Felix, Ahoure and Fraser-Pryce where all semi-finals winners, while Blessing also looked impressive when chasing home the American in her heat.

The Nigerian missed out on the medals in the 100m and she is hoping to make amends in the half-lap.

I just want to do well as long as my body carries me,” Okagbare said. “Regardless of how I feel, I have to go through the competition and see what happens.

Meanwhile, after winning the men’s 10,000m gold medal, Farah goes in search of the double when he takes on a very strong field in the 5000m.

At the London Olympic Games last summer, Farah impressively sealed the double and come Friday evening, the Britain star will look to get past the likes of training partner Galen Rupp, Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet, Kenyan pair Edwin Soi and Isaiah Koech and U.S. veteran Bernard Lagat.

Elsewhere, USA will start favorite to win the men’s 4x400m after posting a world-leading time of 2:59.85 in the heats, despite resting LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay, who finished 1-2 in the open event.

Jamaica (3:00.41) Trinidad and Tobago (3:00.48), Great Britain (3:00.50) and Belgium (3:00.81) are expected to fight for the other podium places.

“We have a young team and I think we can get a medal,” said Jamaican Javere Bell. “It would mean a lot to us, and to me, as it is my first World Cahmpionships.

“None of us made it to the final in the individual 400m, so I’m happy we did it in the relay.”

A wide open men’s long jump final is also on day seven, while the impressive Ryan Whiting leads all the finallists in the men’s shot put and home favorite Tatyana Lysenko heads the list of competitors in the women’s hammer throw final.