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Devon Allen disqualification from 110-meter hurdles final at World Championships in London

Devon Allen advanced to the final of the 110-meter hurdles, but a botched start terminated his chances of becoming the world champion before they even started. Due to his hasty reaction to the sound of the starting pistol, the Eagles WR was disqualified from the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the 2022 World Athletic Championships on Sunday. Allen was one thousandth of a second too quick off the start according to the rules, which say that any reaction time within 0.100 seconds of the sound of the gun signals a false start. Allen advanced with a time of 13.09 seconds, a major improvement over his preliminary heat mark of 13.47 seconds, and so earned an automatic spot as one of the eight finalists with a second-place result in his semifinal earlier on Sunday afternoon. However, he was unable to beat that time in the final or attempt to approach his earlier in the season world-leading pace. Allen has won the 110-meter hurdles event three times in the U.S. national championships and twice at the Olympics. However, Allen has never placed higher than seventh at a World Championship. Prior to the World Championships, the former Oregon Duck had won three events this season, most notably the New York Grand Prix, which she won in 12.84 seconds, the third-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles in track and field history and the quickest time this year. Grant Holloway of the United States, who ultimately won the 110-meter hurdles final with a time of 13.03 seconds, is the only active athlete with a faster time in their career. Allen, a 27-year-old rookie, was signed by the Eagles earlier this year after showcasing his remarkable speed during Oregon’s pro day in April. Despite the fact that it has been six years since his last game, he will be trying to make the Week 1 roster now that his track and field obligations are through after this weekend. On July 26, he must report to the Eagles’ first training camp.