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Olympic, world champions highlight Pro Series swim meet; broadcast schedule

Leon Marchand, Chase Kalisz

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JUNE 18: Leon Marchand of Team France celebrates with Chase Kalisz of Team United States after winning Gold and Bronze respectively in the Men’s 400m Medley Final on day one of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships at Duna Arena on June 18, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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The world’s top men’s all-around swimmers headline a large group of Olympic and world championships medalists entered in this week’s Pro Series meet in Westmont, Illinois, airing live on Peacock.

The meet starts Wednesday with distance finals live on at 6 p.m. ET. Peacock airs live finals coverage on Thursday and Friday at 7. Highlights air Saturday at 12 p.m. on CNBC, and the NBC Sports app.

The full entry list is here.

Katie Ledecky was among the initial entries but announced her withdrawal Tuesday due to “being a bit under the weather.”

The featured race at Westmont might be the men’s 400m IM on Thursday. It includes all of the medalists from last June’s worlds -- Frenchman Léon Marchand, who rattled Michael Phelps’ world record, plus Americans Carson Foster and Chase Kalisz, the reigning Olympic champion.

Marchand, an Arizona State sophomore who trains under Phelps’ career-long coach, Bob Bowman, is coming off an undefeated NCAA season.

Last year, Marchand swam the 400m IM at a late March Pro Series meet in 4:10.38, which is a measuring stick time for Thursday’s race when assessing his chances of breaking Phelps’ world record at July’s world championships in Japan.

Last year, he followed the 4:10.38 by winning worlds in 4:04.28, the second-fastest time in history and just off Phelps’ world record of 4:03.84 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That is Phelps’ last remaining individual world record and the longest-standing world record among all events that are on the Olympic program.

Also entered in this week’s meet: individual Olympic gold medalists Bobby Finke, Ryan Murphy, Lydia Jacoby, Lilly King and Simone Manuel.

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