NFL player runs 100m in near Olympic time

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf showed his speed over the 100m distance, but was unable to secure his spot for the US team’s trials for the Tokyo Olympics.

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On Sunday, the 23-year-old competed in a qualifying event in Walnut, Calif. He covered the distance in 10.37 seconds, which gave him the ninth and final place in his wave. By comparison, Cravon Gillespie won the race in 10.11 s.

Metcalf finally took the 15e step out of a possible 17 with the times. According to the daily Seattle Times, the minimum time to qualify for the Olympic trials is 10.20 s.

“To test my speed against world-class athletes like these is just a blessing,” the receiver told the NBC network after the race.

“They are world-class athletes,” he repeated. It’s very different from the speed of football, as I just realized. ”

Metcalf will therefore have to stick to football, where he excels. In 2021, the 6’4  », 229lb man will play his third NFL campaign. So far, he’s made 141 catches for 2,203 yards and 17 touchdowns in 32 games.


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