Eagles receiver Devon Allen didn’t get a chance to make the final of the World Championship in Athletics on Sunday night. The world’s fastest man in the 110m hurdles this year has been disqualified for a false start.
His reaction time was 0.001 faster than the 0.1 second threshold, which means he made a false start, according to the computer.
Allen pleaded his case with the authorities to no avail. Instead he had to watch fellow American Grant Holloway defend his World Championship gold medal in the 2019 event on TV. Holloway ran a 13.03 with American Trey Cunningham finishing second in 13.08.
Only Allen’s DQ prevented a likely 1-2-3 sweep for Team USA after Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica was injured in warming up for the final.
Allen, who ran a 13.09 in the semis earlier in the day, can now focus on football. He last played college football at Oregon from 2014 to 2016 without being drafted in 2017. The Eagles are his first shot at an NFL berth, after catching the team’s attention with a dash of 4.35 seconds over 40 yards.
In three seasons with Oregon, Allen caught 54 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns.