Philadelphia Eagles wide-receiver Devon Allen fulfilled a dream by reaching the 110-meter hurdles final at world championships. His dream was thwarted by the reality of his nightmare.
After being disqualified from the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Eugene, Oregon on Sunday night, Allen was unable to race his race. Allen was disqualified by 1/1000th second for a false start at the start of his race and was therefore unable to compete in the race. This denied him a chance at a medal.
Computers determined that Allen was not in fact at the beginning of the event. Allen was forced to appeal. Allen was devastated that his reaction time was 1/11,000th of a second quicker than the threshold.
Allen has made the Eagles his number one priority despite his successes on the track this summer. Allen will report to training camp next week as his number one priority. He now wants to focus on football and achieve his ultimate goal in Philadelphia.
“I am hungry for all that I do. “My goal is to be the greatest hurdler ever, and I still have a chance at that. My goal is also to play in the NFL to help the Eagles win a Super Bowl,” Allen stated after Sunday’s race, via Pro Football Talk. There’s nothing I can do. It’s only one race, which can be frustrating. Track and field is difficult because you train for one race all year. It happens, and it’s something I will learn from.
Allen’s teammate from the United States, Grant Holloway, won the gold medal with a time of 13.03 seconds. Trey Cunningham from the United States took home silver with a time 13.08. The United States had an opportunity to sweep the podium with Allen qualifying for final — joining Holloway or Cunningham — but it wasn’t to be.
Allen ran 13.09 in his semifinal heat. He finished second and automatically advanced to the final. Allen won his preliminary heat by running 13.47 seconds. Allen ran the event in 12.84 seconds, which was third fastest in history.
After running a 4.35 40 yard dash at Oregon Pro Day, Allen signed a three year contract with the Eagles. The Eagles gave Allen, a 27-year old wide receiver, a good look this season.
In his Oregon career, he suffered two ACL injuries. The first was in his left knee during the 2015 College Football Playoff. In 2016, he was back at Oregon for his senior season and tore his ACL in his right leg. He signed a professional track & field contract in 2016.
Allen placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics 2016. Allen is a three-time national champion in 110-meter hurdles (2014-16, 2018), and two-time Olympian in this event. Allen was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2020 Beijing Olympics.
Although the Eagles’ hurdles results were disappointing, Allen still has a chance to compete with them in one week. Allen will also have the opportunity to win the rare 110-meter hurdles medal at the 2023 World Championships, Hungary, and the Paris Olympics 2024