Oregon WR Devon Allen finishes fifth in Olympic 110-meter hurdles
In the end, Oregon will have to settle for employing just the fifth fastest hurdler on the planet in its wide receiving corps.
Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen secured a fifth place finish in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday night, clocking in at a time of 13.31 seconds. Omar McLeod of Jamaica took gold, the first in the nation’s history. Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver, while Dimitri Bascou of France claimed bronze with a time .07 seconds ahead of Allen’s.
The champion of the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials, Allen’s Olympic experience was considered a success simply by reaching Tuesday night’s finals. The 21-year-old qualified for the finals in a quote-unquote at-large spot after running a 13.36-second heat in the semifinals.
Allen will now turn his attention to re-joining Oregon’s football team, where he’ll look to improve upon a 9-catch, 94-yard 2015 season compiled while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the Ducks’ 2015 Rose Bowl win.
Allen’s teammates rooted him on from their posh meeting room in Eugene.
Simply reaching Rio pushed Allen into an exclusive group of college football players-turned-Olympians, including Jim Thorpe, Bob Hayes, James Jett and Marquise Goodwin.