DK Metcalf did not run fast enough in the 100 meters Sunday to advance to the finals in his professional track debut.
But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver fared better than some expected for an NFL player competing against some of the world’s top sprinters. With an official time of 10.37 seconds, Metcalf finished last among the nine in his heat and 15th among the 17 who competed in the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California.
“These are world-class athletes,” Metcalf said afterward on NBC streaming service Peacock, which broadcast the event, when asked whether he learned anything by competing in the event. “They do this for a living. It’s very different from football speed, from what I just realized. So, like I said, just excited to be out here.”
American Isiah Young had the lowest time of the first two heats of the 100 meters with a 10.09. The two times Metcalf beat were 10.38 (Derick Silva of Brazil) and 10.44 (American Maurice Eaddy).
Metcalf’s performance drew praise on Twitter from fellow Seahawks teammates Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett and Quandre Diggs. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was impressed as well.
Former Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon said on the broadcast beforehand that something in the range of 10.6-10.7 would be a good time for the 6-foot-4, 229-pound Metcalf.
“He did not embarrass himself,” Boldon said of Metcalf. “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.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Brady Henderson