Eagles' Devon Allen runs one of the fastest hurdles time in history

New York, New York - The Philadelphia Eagles' Devon Allen nearly broke the world record in 110-meter hurdles, defeating world champion Grant Holloway at the New York City Grand Prix.

Devon Allen celebrated after winning the Men's 110-meter hurdle race during the New York Grand Prix on Sunday.
Devon Allen celebrated after winning the Men's 110-meter hurdle race during the New York Grand Prix on Sunday.  © Mike Stobe / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen showcased his world-class athleticism over the weekend, running the third-fastest time in track and field history in the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday.

Allen won the race at the New York Grand Prix in 12.84 seconds, defeating world champion Grant Holloway. He was just shy of the world record of 12.80 seconds, set by the Olympic gold medalist in the event, Aries Merritt, in 2012.

"I thought I could break the record today," Allen said after the race. "Clean up a few things, and four-hundredths of a second is four-thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to wait for another race."

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The 27-year-old former Oregon receiver hasn't played football since 2016, but caught the attention of scouts when he worked out at the Ducks' pro day in April. Allen signed with the Eagles this offseason, and will attempt to jumpstart an NFL career.

A two-time Olympian at the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Allen had impressive finished of fifth and fourth place, respectively.

Before reporting back to the Eagles training camp on July 26, Allen will participate in two more track events: the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships later this month and the World Championships in Europe mid-July.

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