Eyeing Olympic trials, Seahawks DK Metcalf Scheduled to Participate at Track Meet

Published 05/05/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) attempts to leap over the tackle of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


DK Metcalf was one of the best offensive players in the NFL last year. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver had an excellent season, linking up very well with Russell Wilson.

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Metcalf was a key part of the Seahawks season last year, helping push them to the Playoffs. But now, it seems like he isn’t focussed on a Super Bowl title, but the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is scheduled to compete at USATF’s Golden Games and Distance Open on May 9th. His participation came initially as a casual invite.

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Metcalf completed an incredible chase-down play against the Arizona Cardinals, where he dashed for almost the entire length of the field.

However, Metcalf took the invite to be a part of the US Track and Field team very seriously and is aiming to qualify for the trials.

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USA Track and Field Managing Director Adam Schmenk revealed that Metcalf is taking this opportunity very seriously. “DK’s agent told us that he really wants to try to make the Olympics and asked what steps he needs to take.

“We walked him through what the auto qualifying time was that he would have to run in a sanctioned USATF event and told him that we would help him find a lane if and when he wanted to do this.” (H/T Yahoo Sports)

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Metcalf would have to clock in at 10.05 to earn an automatic qualification to the trials. But he could also chart a time of 10.2 to earn considerations.

This is a very challenging goal for Metcalf, who last participated in track and field during high school. However, Metcalf has shown that he is one of the fastest athletes in the NFL and constantly puts up ridiculous speeds.

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Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) following a second quarter touchdown pass against the New York Jets at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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It would take a mammoth effort for Metcalf to be able to qualify. But clearly, he is taking this very seriously. Most athletes are extremely driven and passionate about their craft.

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Metcalf, who is also a gifted athlete in his own right, could use that drive to prepare for this unique challenge. Metcalf is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, players in the NFL. But is that enough to get him a place on the US Olympic team?

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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