This weekend on the road to Tokyo: Olympic stars DK Metcalf at the USATF Golden Games
It is not surprising that this year’s mount. SAC relays are teeming with talent – it’s an Olympic year after all, and their varsity host from Walnut, Calif., Is looking to show off their new renovations to meet world athletic standards at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
But six days before Sunday’s meet, a startling announcement gave the event even more star power: NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf, entering his third season with the Seattle Seahawks, tweeted “…” with an eight second video of sprint peaks being broadcast. a track and “MAY 9” superimposed, teasing a possible appearance. Hours later, USATF confirmed Metcalf would indeed be competing at its Golden Games.
Metcalf runs in the 100m. Two rounds are scheduled at 3:32 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. ET, followed by the final at 5:03 p.m. ET. Despite what he proved on the football field, it will face fierce competition. Among those with experience are Ronnie Baker and Mike Rodgers, who ran 9.87 and 9.89 respectively in 2018. They are the fifth and seventh fastest 100m runners in the world since the Games. Rio 2016 Olympics.
the Olympic qualification standard is 10.05. Ahead of Sunday’s competition, eight had already reached that standard, automatically qualifying them for the June US Olympic Team Trials and leaving 24 spots open in the field of 32 players, which went to the next fastest riders. For Rio, the peloton hit a low of 10.16, compared to 10.28 for London. The consensus among experts is that Metcalf needs better than 10.20 to qualify for testing.
In high school, which is the last time the 23-year-old competed in a track and field, Metcalf ran hurdles, was on the 4x100m relay team and also did the triple jump.
Many football players have found success on the track in the 100m – 1964 Olympic champion Bob Hayes, 1968 Olympic champion Jim Hines and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Sam Graddy, to name a few – but most did so before entering the NFL.
Also included in Sunday’s action:
- Participated in his first outdoor 200m since July 2017, Allyson felix, the 2012 Olympic champion and three-time world title winner, faces the Bahamas Shaunae Miller-Uibo who dived to the line to beat Felix in the 400m in Rio
- Noah lyles runs his first 200m of the 2021 outdoor season alongside his brother Josephus and 17 years old Erriyon knighton, who dropped from 9.99 100m Last week
- Two of the best 400m runners of all time – Mike Norman, tied for 4th place at 43.45 and 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, No.9 at 43.65 – face each other
- Sha’Carri Richardson competes in the 100m, about a month after running a blazing 10.72 and becoming the sixth fastest in history
How to watch
Sunday May 9