DK Metcalf’s Olympic Trial: How to Watch the NFL Star Trying to Qualify for the U.S. Athletics Team
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is one of the fastest players in the NFL and as explosive an athlete as they come. We’ve seen his speed on the soccer field multiple times in the NFL, but now the Seahawks and the fantasy football star are about to face a new challenge. He will try to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 100-meter run.
Metcalf played track in high school but has focused on soccer in recent years. Still, that won’t stop the dynamic, chiseled athlete from qualifying for the 100-meter race for the Olympics. On Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, Metcalf will be battling for an automatic qualifying spot in the US Olympic Trials, and that will be a real test of how fast he is.
This all came together very quickly so naturally NFL and Seahawks fans have a lot of questions. How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympic Games? When does he have to run to be competitive in the battle for places on the team? And what could his time look like?
Here’s everything you need to know about Metcalf’s upcoming 100m run, and how to see the NFL star in action on the track.
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How to see DK Metcalf at the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC, NBC Sports
- Live broadcast: NBCSports.com, fuboTV
Metcalf’s run and the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open will air on the NBC networks starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch the event live on NBC or NBC Sports, or stream it live on the NBC Sports app. You can also stream the event live on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
What is DK Metcalf’s 100 meter time?
Metcalf was a track and field athlete in high school, but he didn’t run the 100 meters. However, he was part of a 4 x 100 meter relay team that recorded a time of 41.51 seconds, a Mississippi state record. Given the runner’s average speed per 100 meters, Metcalf’s split would have been in that 10.38 seconds Range for a 100 meter event.
According to Oxford High School athletics coach Chris Bush (via Yahoo Sports), Metcalf typically ran “low-10 splits” on his 4×100 relay leg.
In addition to his 4×100 relay success, Metcalf finished second in both the 110-meter hurdles (14.89 seconds) and triple jump (46 feet, 5 inches) in the 5A State Championship, according to Seahawks.com’s John Boyle. Though far from it, he was once a prolific track star.
When it comes to comparing Metcalf’s NFL readings, he’s clocked 4.43 seconds in the 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, which converts to about a 11.83 seconds in the 100-meter dashboard.
However, this does not apply to the increasing speed that it would achieve with increasing runtime. Hence, it is more likely that Metcalf will be able to go anywhere near his top speed in the field. His two fastest games of the year came when he reached a speed of 22.64 mph (mph) while attacking Budda Baker against the Cardinals and on a six yard reception where he logged a speed of 21.66 mph. That would result in his potential 100 meter time being somewhere in between 9.88 and 10.33 seconds.
If Metcalf’s speed matches what he’s already recorded on tape, he has a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
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How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympic Games?
American athletes have until June 6th to meet qualifying standards to compete in the U.S. Athletics-Olympic Trials, which will be held in Eugene, Oregon, June 18-27. When Metcalf meets the qualification standard of 10.05 seconds For the men’s 100 meters, he would move on to the tests, where he would then have to reach the top three in his event in order to form the Olympic team.
If Metcalf does not automatically qualify for trials, he must have one of the 32 fastest times overall to secure a spot (the 100 meter cutoff was 10.16 seconds in 2016 and 10.28 seconds in 2012). According to World Athletics, eight men have already automatically qualified for tests at 100 meters, so there are still 24 places left.
Qualification plan for the Olympic Games 2021
The USATF Golden Games and Distance Open are just one of the remaining qualifying tournaments for Olympic track and field athletes this year. After May 9th, there are six more events to qualify before the US Olympic Team Trails begin in late June. The opening ceremonies for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled for July 23.
|May 9th||USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SACK||Walnut, CA.|
|May 18||USATF Open||AP Ranch, TX|
|May 22||USATF throws festival||Tucson, AZ|
|23. May||adidas Boost Boston Games||Boston, MA|
|25. May||USATF Invitational||Prairie View, TX|
|May 29th||Chula Vista Field Festival||Chula Vista, CA.|
|6th of June||USATF showcase||Prairie View, TX|
|June 19-20||US Olympic Team Trials – Athletics||Eugene, OR|
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What is the 100 meter world record?
Usain Bolt holds the world record in the 100-meter run. Bolt clocked a fire 9.58 seconds on the 100 meters at the 2009 IAAF World Championship. Unbelievable, that is 0.11 seconds faster than the second highest finisher, the American Tyson Gay, who drove 9.69 seconds just one month after Bolt broke the record.
If Metcalf achieved his calculated peak time of 9.88 seconds, it would be the 29th fastest time in world history and still a good 0.3 seconds less than Bolt’s pace. If Metcalf finished with a time of 10.1 or less, he would be among the top 350 competitors in track and field history.
Usain Bolts 40 Yard Dash Time
Bolt ran the 40-yard dash at the 2019 Super Bowl. He clocked 4.22 seconds in the case that tied the NFL Combine record of current Giants recipient John Ross.
The impressive part of Bolt’s run? He did it while wearing sweat and sneakers, and did it just for fun at the age of 32. Had he given everything he could almost certainly have broken the 4.2 mark and dazzled NFL fans. But hey, it’s not bad to settle for a record performance.