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Devon Allen calls new Hayward Field the '8th wonder of the world'

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Oregon speed is headed to Tokyo.

Former track and football star Devon Allen is one of nine Duck alumni to represent Team USA this summer in Tokyo after finishing second in the men's 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials.

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His time of 13.10 seconds was good for second in the finals of the event to punch his ticket to his second consecutive Olympic games. The former two-sport athlete at the University of Oregon placed 5th with a time of 13.31 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

After competing back in his college town, Allen talked with Talkin' Ducks podcast host Sasha Spencer about being back at Hayward Field following the remodel. 

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"It was pretty amazing," he said. "The stadium itself is like the eighth wonder of the world. It's definitely the nicest stadium for track and field in the world." 

Despite all the tremendous upgrades to the site, Allen says the stadium still has that historic feeling.

"The atmosphere is the most important part. It feels the same, it feels like it felt in 2016 when they called my name and I get the most love which is really awesome."

That hometown reception translated to all Ducks because once a Duck, always a Duck.

 

"A lot of the Oregon Ducks get the same love, regardless of how old you are, how new you are," gushed Allen. "The atmosphere [from the fans] was great."