- DK Metcalf will compete against world class sprinters in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open on Sunday (May 9th)
- Metcalf can qualify for the USA Olympic trials by posting a time of 10:05 or faster
- Read below for analysis on his chances, plus odds and ways to bet on his performance
DK Metcalf has been running away from defenders on the football field since he entered the NFL, but on Sunday he’ll try to outrun world class sprinters.
Metcalf has accepted an invite from the USA Track and Field program to compete in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open, and should he post a fast enough time, he could advance to the US Olympic trials.
It wouldn’t be a sporting event if you couldn’t wager on it, and you can bet on whether the Seattle Seahawks’ star will reach the final, place in the top-3, or even win the event.
DK Metcalf 100-Meter Odds
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If Metcalf runs a time of 10:05 or faster, he’ll automatically earn a spot at the US Olympic Trials next month. A time that fast is incredibly unrealistic, however should he post a time of 10:20 or faster, which is an NCCA Championship Final worthy time, he’ll have a realistic chance of taking the next step.
See you there 😁 https://t.co/FB0iuxRseR
— DK Metcalf (@dkm14) October 27, 2020
NBC has full coverage of the event, with the men’s 100-meter heats starting at 3:32 pm ET, and the final taking place at 5:03 pm ET.
DK’s Need For Speed
Metcalf hasn’t ran track since high school, and doesn’t have any verified 100-meter times. As a teenager, track and field was reportedly his second love after football, but he didn’t compete in the individual 100-meter dash. He was a triple jump star and hurdler, but did run the second leg on the 4×100-meter relay team that still owns the Mississippi State record.
— George Jarjour (@GeorgeOnTap) May 4, 2021
The football world has been enamoured with Metcalf’s speed since he ran a 4.33 40 at the NFL Combine, but it’s become an obsession every since he chased down Budda Baker back in October.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 26, 2020
He made up a ridiculous amount of ground to prevent a sure touchdown, reaching a top speed of 22.64 miles per hour, while covering 114 yards. As impressive as that display of athleticism was, it wasn’t even the fastest time posted in the NFL last season. That honor belongs to San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert, who posted speeds of 23.09 mph, and 22.73 mph on two separate touchdowns.
That of course begs the question, if Metcalf doesn’t even own the fastest time on the field, how will he fare against world class sprinters? The answer of most experts is not very well.
NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf racing the 100m is great because he's getting people to watch/talk about track.
But to be fair to DK, tamper down expectations… He'll be closer to the top female sprinters in the world than Olympic Trials qualifying
That's not meant to be a slight
— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) May 5, 2021
Metcalf will be competing against guys like Ronnie Baker, who ran 9.94 earlier this year, Bismark Boeteng, who posted a 100-meter time of 10.17 last week, and Rio Olympian Mike Rodgers.
Metcalf’s top speed of 22.64 mph is impressive, but the runners he’ll be racing against average at least that number during a race, meaning they’re moving even faster at their peaks. The majority of the field will have personal bests below 10 seconds flat, and can break 4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Curious to see what DK Metcalf runs. Assuming he trained I’m thinking he runs 10.35 what y’all think??
— Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) May 4, 2021
To highlight the difference between Metcalf and an elite sprinter even further consider this. Metcalf’s top speed on the interception chase down covered 10.12 meters per second, while Maurice Green averaged 11.71 meters per second en route to winning the World Championships in 1997.
DK Outclassed On the Track
With all due respect to Metcalf, this is merely a publicity stunt. NBC will get loads of extra eyeballs on their coverage on Sunday, with the hope that some of the new viewers will continue to tune in for future events during the track and field season.
At an event with a similar field strength last month, it took a time of 10.44 to advance out of the 100-meter heats to the final, and reaching the final appears to be the best case scenario for Metcalf.
DK Metcalf running the 100 this weekend will show people just how fast track and field athletes really are 😂😂
— TweetsByT (@BellyMadeIt) May 4, 2021
It’s the only prop of his that is remotely worth of a wager, but it’s too bad the odds are so short. Metcalf is a much bigger underdog than his +100 odds suggest to make the final, as most track and field experts expect a time closer to the 10.6 range.
Regardless of the outcome, it will make for an entertaining event, and will likely put to bed the notion that NFL speedsters can compete in the same league as world class sprinters.