Devon Allen‘s quest for a medal at the Rio Olympics continues on Tuesday after he made it to the semifinals in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. He’s running in the second semifinal, which is scheduled for 7:48 p.m. Allen stands 6’0″ and weighs 187 lbs.
He had his career-best race during the Eugene, Oregon U.S. Olympic Trials in July, winning the 110m hurdles in just 13.03 seconds. That was the third-best time in the world, behind only two races by Jamaica’s Omar McLeod.
Allen is a student at the University of Oregon, where he’s also a wide receiver on the football team. He had a stellar 2014 season, when he had 41 receptions for 684 yards and seven touchdowns. He tore his ACL in the 2015 Rose Bowl though and had to skip the 2015 track season. He struggled during the 2015 season, only playing in six games with just nine receptions.
However, Allen has regained his speed. During the heats on Monday night, Allen finished the race in 13.41 seconds and came in second in his heat. It was the seventh-best time in the heats. McLeod had the best time with 13.27.
Allen’s speed should set up the 21-year-old for a good NFL career if he decides to have one. In June, NFL.com even named Allen the fastest player in college football.
In addition to making it to the Olympics, Allen won his Olympic trials race and won the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 110-meter hurdles.
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