Philadelphia Eagles rookie vast receiver Devon Allen received the 110-meter hurdles on the USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, ending with a time of 12.84 seconds — the third-fastest time in historical past.
He was simply four-hundredths of a second off the world report (12.80), set by Aries Merritt in 2012 at a Diamond League occasion in Brussels, Belgium.
“I assumed I might break the report in the present day,” Allen instructed reporters after the race, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Clear up a couple of issues, and four-hundredths of a second is four-thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to attend for an additional race.”
Grant Holloway, the silver medalist within the 110-meter hurdles on the Tokyo Olympics, completed second to Allen on Sunday with a time of 13.06. Holloway holds the second-fastest time ever at 12.81, which he ran in a semifinal warmth on the Olympic observe and discipline trials final 12 months.
Allen completed fourth final 12 months (13.21) and fifth in 2016 (13.31) within the 110-meter hurdles on the previous two Olympics.
The 27-year-old Allen, a former Oregon wideout, signed a three-year contract with the Eagles in April. He hasn’t performed soccer since 2016, when he was with the Geese. Allen caught the eye of scouts at Oregon’s professional day in April when he ran an unofficial 4.35-second 40-yard sprint.
He instructed reporters at Oregon’s professional day that he deliberate to compete on the the USA Observe & Subject Outside Championships, which shall be held later this month, and the World Athletics Championships in July, earlier than turning his consideration to soccer.
ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.