Seattle Seahawks wide receiver ran the men’s 100 meters in the USA Track & Field Golden Games on Sunday and finished with a time of 10.36. It was an impressive time for the 6’3, 235 pound football player, but not enough to advance to the finals. Metcalf finished ninth out of nine racers in his heat and 15th overall in the two heats. Watch the race below.
— USATF (@usatf) May 9, 2021
Congrats to @dkm14 of @Seahawks for showing grit and running 10.36 in his men's 100m heat. Cravon Gillespie won in 10.11, and Metcalf will not advance to the next round. #JourneyToGold pic.twitter.com/7mlMcvO2ai
The Golden Games are an opportunity for athletes to compete for a spot at the US Olympic Trials. In the men’s 100 meters, a 10.05 automatically qualified a racer for the Trials and something under 10.20 would likely have been enough to get to the Trials.
DraftKings Sportsbook offered odds on Metcalf’s performance. Odds were set at even money that Metcalf would advance to the finals and +1500 that he would qualify for the Olympic Trials.
On the one hand, it’s impressive for someone that size to run as fast as he did, but it also shows how impressive world class sprinters are in their own pursuits. Metcalf could train the next three years in an attempt to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, but this was likely a one-off pursuit.