Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen recorded the third-fastest 110m hurdles time in history on Sunday, winning in 12.84 seconds at the New York City Grand Prix.
Allen, who recently signed with the Eagles after a successful track career, easily beat Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway, who finished in 13.06 seconds.
27-year-old Allen missed the world record by 0.04 seconds. The 12.80 mark was set by the American Aries Merritt in 2012.
Allen, a two-time Olympian, said he believed he could beat Merritt’s time.
“I thought I could break the record today,” Allen told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Clear some things, and four hundred seconds is four thousandths of a second per obstacle, which is very small. Have to wait for another race.”
Allen plans to compete on track until July before turning his attention to football. Allen played college football for Oregon from 2014 to 2016. The Eagles picked him up after he ran an unofficial 4.35 seconds on the 40-yard dash in practice earlier this year. The average time for an NFL wide receiver is about 4.48 seconds.
“When I’m doing so much – like football and track, trying to balance the two – I have to be really mindful of my recovery, my sleep, my diet, everything like that,” Allen told reporters. “So it got me locked in a bit more, and obviously it worked.”
Allen finished fifth at the 2016 Rio Olympics in 13.31 seconds and fourth last summer in Tokyo with a time of 13.14.
Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen third fastest 110m hurdles in history | Philadelphia Eagles
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