US Olympic Hurdles Star Devon Allen Aims At Shocking Shift To Football

Published 10/18/2021, 1:40 PM EDT
Devon Allen


Devon Allen raised the bar at the men’s 110m hurdles this year. The American track and field legend successfully made it in 12.99 seconds at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb; It was his personal best.

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He is a 3 time U.S. national champion and a 2-time Olympian in 110-meter hurdles. He also won the final in Zurich, where he completed the race in 13.06 seconds.

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This year, Devon Allen left behind Olympic gold medalist Hansle Parchment and bronze medalist Ronald Levy with his personal best. He became the 13th American hurdler to break the 13-second barrier in this event.

Notably, the athlete recently revealed that he definitely wants to be a football player at some point, with his eyes set on the Gold.

“The most ideal scenario would be to win the gold”- Devon Allen

Not many are aware, Allen also played football for the University of Oregon from the year 2014 to 2016. However, for the last few years, he kept track and field as his main focus.

 

“After the Olympics (Rio 2016) I played again and then in my third game of the season, I tore my ACL, my second ACL injury, so after that, I decided to put football on hold and focus on track,” said Allen in a recent interview.

The American hurdler also expressed his desire to pursue a career in football, while acknowledging the enormity of that challenge. Notably, he also shared what he wishes to achieve from his dream.

“I would love to try to play (football again) eventually. I know it’s not an easy path. The most ideal scenario would be to win the gold and be so dominant that I could play football and train for just a few months for the track. But it’s not that easy; there are too many guys that are too good,” said Allen.

Exceeding the best

The star left behind Olympic gold medalist Hansle Parchment and bronze medalist Ronald Levy with his personal best this year.

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He expresses his excitement before the race, crediting an electrifying environment uplifting his spirits. Notably, the crowd, he says, was welcoming and encouraging.

With a personal best of 12.99 seconds, this victory made him the 13th American hurdler to finish the event within 13 seconds. Do you think a shift to football in the future is possible?

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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