We won’t be seeing Seattle Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf at the Olympic Games anytime soon. Metcalf took part in the 100 meters race at the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open on Sunday, hoping to qualify for Olympic trials. Unfortunately, he didn’t run fast enough to make the cut.
Metcalf had an official time of 10.37 seconds, finishing last in his race and coming 15th out of 17 contestants. The Pro Bowl wide receiver was faster than Derick Silva (10.38) and Maurice Eaddy (10.44).
Despite coming short, Metcalf drew praise for holding his own against some of the world’s best sprinters. This included positive comments from former silver and bronze Olympic medalist Ato Boldon.
“He did not embarrass himself,” said Boldon, who previously predicted Metcalf will run around 10.6. “He hung with the pack. Yes, I think he’s eighth. But he ran well. I didn’t think he was going to run anywhere near that well.”
Metcalf himself was disappointed with the result but told NBC that he was grateful for having this opportunity.
“It’s very different from football speed, which I just realized,” he added.
This was the first time competing in track and field for DK Metcalf since high school. While attending Oxford High School, Metcalf was successful in the hurdle and long-jump competitions while also taking part in the school’s 4×100 meter relay team.
Metcalf ended up opting for football after high school and ended up playing three years at Ole Miss. He was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and went on to earn All-Pro, and Pro Bowl nods in his second year as a pro.