Eagles receiver Devon Allen runs Third-fastest hurdles time in historical past

Eagles receiver Devon Allen runs Third-fastest hurdles time … ever initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

Splitting his time between soccer and observe definitely didn’t harm Devon Allen’s health.

He stated it truly could have helped.

Allen, the Eagles’ 27-year-old rookie vast receiver, ran the third-fastest time in observe and discipline historical past within the 110-meter hurdles Sunday.

Allen, a two-time Olympic hurdler, ran 12.84 with a authorized wind of 1.6 meters per second on the New York Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York Metropolis.

He beat Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway, who positioned second in 13.06.

“After I’m doing a lot — like soccer and observe, attempting to stability them each —  I have to be actually aware of my restoration, my sleep, my food regimen, every thing like that,” Allen advised reporters after the race.

“So it had me locked in just a little bit extra, and clearly it’s figuring out.”

Allen missed the world report by 0.04 seconds. His time is quicker than each Olympic hurdles race ever contested.

“I assumed I may break the report in the present day,” he stated. “Clear up just a few issues, and 4 hundredths of a second is 4 thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to attend for an additional race.”

American Aries Merritt set the world report of 12.80 in 2012 on the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium. The one different time sooner than Allen’s belongs to Holloway, who ran 12.81 final June on the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Area in Eugene, Ore.

Allen’s earlier quickest time was 12.99 on the Borisa Hanžekovića Memorial meet in Zagreb, Croatia, final September.

Within the span of lower than 13 seconds, he improved from 69th in world historical past to 3rd.

Holloway bought out of the blocks sooner Sunday and led by six hurdles. Allen pulled even over the seventh hurdle and gained by two meters over the indoor world report holder and 2019 world champion.

“It’s been there,” he stated of his health stage. “We’ve been doing it in coaching for the final six weeks. Simply wanted some contemporary legs after OTAs in soccer. Had some enjoyable with the boys taking part in soccer, now again operating quick.”

Allen examined constructive for COVID two weeks in the past Sunday and stated he spent 10 days away from OTAs and observe coaching earlier than getting cleared final week.

“I believe COVID is just not good as a result of your physique is attempting to recuperate, but it surely was good for me to get off my toes for seven to 10 days and never do something,” he stated.

“It labored out. I really feel good and now I can begin preparing for USAs and Worlds.”

He stated he plans to race twice in Europe over the subsequent couple weeks earlier than returning for the U.S. Championships at Hayward Area in Eugene June 23-26 after which World Championships on the identical observe July 15-24.

He’s on account of report back to Eagles coaching camp on July 26.

The Eagles signed Allen as a large receiver in April although he hasn’t performed soccer since 2016. He caught 54 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 video games at Oregon and in addition averaged 26.1 yards on kick returns.

On the Takeoff with John Clark podcast final week, Allen stated soccer coaching and observe coaching aren’t that totally different.

“I practice to be explosive and as sturdy as doable on the observe,” Allen stated. “And that’s just about what I’ll be doing in soccer.

“For essentially the most half, I believe my job goes to be to be the quick man,” Allen stated. “I’m one of many quickest males on the earth so I want to have the ability to present that on the sphere. That’s one thing I’m hoping to do.”