David Wilson, ex-NFL running back, to triple jump at Adidas Grand Prix


Former New York Giants running back David Wilson is entered in his first professional track meet at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on Saturday.

Wilson, a former college triple jumper who retired from football in August due to neck injuries, said last year his new athletic goal was to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

Wilson, 23, was sixth in the triple jump at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

On Saturday, he will compete against a field including Olympic triple jump silver medalist Will Claye and Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who in May notched the third- and fourth-farthest jumps of all time. NBC will have coverage of the Adidas Grand Prix from 1-3 p.m. ET on Saturday (full Adidas Grand Prix schedule here).

What are Wilson’s chances of making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team?

The top three finishers at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials are in line to make the Olympic team. The third-ranked U.S. triple jumper the last three years leaped 16.98m (2015), 17.10m (2014), 17.22m (2013) and 17.07m (2012).

Wilson’s personal best triple jump from 2011 was 16.20m, which is also shy of the 16.90m Olympic entry minimum distance.

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