DK Metcalf entered in 100m at USATF Golden Games track meet on NBC Sports

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DK Metcalf, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and one of the fastest players in the NFL, is set to put his speed to the test against some of the U.S.’ fastest sprinters.

Metcalf is entered in the 100m at Sunday’s USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SAC.

The USATF Journey to Gold Series meet in Walnut, California, airs live on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, USATF.TV+ from 2-4:30 and resuming at 10 and Peacock from 3:15-6. The full list of entries is here.

The obvious question: Is Metcalf trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June? Metcalf’s reported NFL agent has not responded to messages seeking an answer over the last week.

If Metcalf wants to qualify for the Olympic Trials 100m, he likely must break 10.2 seconds (with legal tailwind of no more than two meters per second).

A 10.05 automatically qualifies for Trials. Fifteen American men have 10.05 right now (who are expected to enter the Trials 100m), according to World Athletics. The field will likely be filled with the next fastest men to get around 32 entries overall.

In 2016, a 10.16 earned a place at Trials.

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It’s very questionable whether Metcalf has that speed. He did not compete in track and field in college at Mississippi. He was a hurdler in high school, not a flat sprinter.

But last October, Metcalf sparked discussion when he clocked a top speed of 22.64 miles per hour while chasing down an interception return, covering 114.8 total yards.

If Metcalf ran 22.64 mph for an entire 100m, it would take 9.88 seconds, but that’s of course impossible from a block start from zero mph. But Metcalf would also be running without a helmet and pads.

Another man with NFL experience, professional sprinter Jeff Demps, is expected to compete in the Olympic Trials 100m. Demps is among dozens of athletes who competed at the Olympics before beginning professional football careers.

On Sunday, Metcalf joins a 16-man 100m field that also includes Ronnie Baker, who ranks second in the nation this year at 9.94 seconds, and Rio Olympian Mike Rodgers.

Other highlight events at the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open: world champion Noah Lyles faces 17-year-old pro Erriyon Knighton in the 200m.

Allyson Felix and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo renew their rivalry in the 200m, too. Felix’s focus as she goes for a fifth Olympics has been on the 400m in recent years, but she has said she plans to race both the 200m and the 400m at Trials.

Miller-Uibo, who edged Felix for Rio Olympic 400m gold, said she plans to bypass the 400m for the 200m in Tokyo as the events overlap on the Olympic schedule.

The top three U.S. male 800m runners face off in world champion Donavan Brazier, Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and world championships fourth-place finisher Bryce Hoppel.

Evan Jager, who took 3000m steeplechase silver in Rio for the best U.S. finish in that event since 1952, is entered in his first steeple since 2018, an absence due in part to injury.

Sha’Carri Richardson, who last month ran 10.72 for 100m to become the sixth-fastest woman in history, headlines the women’s 100m.

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Valencia Marathon produces historic times in men’s, women’s races

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Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum and Ethiopian Amane Beriso won the Valencia Marathon and became the third-fastest man and woman in history, respectively.

Kiptum, a 23-year-old in his marathon debut, won the men’s race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds. The only men to ever run faster over 26.2 miles are legends: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:09 world record, plus a 2:01:39) and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41).

Kipchoge made his marathon debut at age 28, and Bekele at 31.

Beriso, a 31-year-old whose personal best was 2:20:48 from January 2016, stunned the women’s field Sunday by running 2:14:58. The only women to have run faster: Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:14:18).

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey finished second in 2:16:49, the fastest-ever time for a woman in her marathon debut. Gidey is the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m.

Valencia is arguably the top annual marathon outside of the six World Marathon Majors. The next major marathon is Tokyo on March 5.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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