PHILADELPHIA – (March 21) – Devon Allen, the two-sport professional and two-time Olympian, will return to the Penn Relays presented by Toyota this year to compete in the 110m hurdles, according to organizers on Tuesday.
Allen, who is ranked as the No. 3 fastest man all-time in the 110m hurdles, won the event at the 2022 Penn Relays, beating Jamaica’s former world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod with a time of 13.11 seconds, which set a Penn Relays record and bettered Renaldo Nehemiah’s 1979 time of 13.29. – Read more: Holloway wins opener, Allen beats McLeod at Penn Relays 2022 – hurdles report
The 28-year-old’s personal best time in the 110m hurdles came after his victory at the Penn Relays last year when he dominated at the New York Grand Prix on June 12, clocking a blistering time of 12.84. During the 2022 campaign, he won the event 10 times in 15 races.
Only world record holder Aries Merritt (12.80 secs) and fellow American Grant Holloway (12.81 secs) have posted faster times than the former Oregon three-time NCAA champion standout performer.
After a six-year break, Allen returned to football in 2022 while focusing solely on track & field and preparations for the Olympic Games. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and competed in preseason games and on the practice squad throughout the season.
The 127th running of the Penn Relays is scheduled for April 27-29 at Franklin Field, with over 15,000 athletes competing across three days ranging from high school, college, professional, and masters.
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