Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen won his heat in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s semifinal.
He may have got off to a slow start but he recovered nicely near the end and narrowly scored the victory with a time of 13.47:
Allen, a former NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles, played college football at Oregon and signed a deal with the Eagles in April.
The 27-year-old become a three-time U.S. champion in the event and twice competed at the Olympics, reaching the final each time but failing to medal.
- “I try not to think too far ahead,” Allen said, via James Crepea of The Oregonian. “I think my goal, this weekend goes great, I win the gold medal, break the world record — great. I got a week off. During that week, I’ve got to study the playbook because I got camp coming up and then once we get into football, get back five to six days before camp starts, I get back into cleats. I’ve been doing a little bit of football stuff now, but I’ll get back into cleats and start running routes and feeling comfortable.”
Allen played football for three seasons at Oregon from 2014 to 2016, enjoying his best season as a freshman when he recorded 41 receptions for 684 yards and seven touchdowns.