Allen upsets Holloway with searing victory

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New York (AFP) – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen posted the third fastest time in 110m hurdles history on Sunday with an upset victory over world champion Grant Holloway at the USATF Grand Prix in New York.

The 27-year-old Allen, who signed with the Eagles in April after a successful career on the college gridiron, rode a flawless run home in a record time of 12.84 seconds at Icahn Stadium in New York.

Holloway, the 2019 World Championship gold medalist, was second in 13.06 with Daniel Roberts third in 13.17.

Allen’s performance was all the more remarkable as he recently juggled his track and field commitments with off-season training with his Philadelphia Eagles teammates.

Allen said he thinks a fast time is on the cards after recent practice results. Only two men – Holloway (12.81) and world record holder Aries Merritt (12.80) – went faster over the distance.

“It’s been there,” Allen said of his time. “We’ve been doing it in training for probably six weeks. We just need fresh legs.

“I did OTAs (organized team activities) in Philadelphia having fun with the boys playing football.

“But now I’m back in track mode for the next two weeks. Really the biggest thing is feeling fresh and now running fast I’m really excited.”

Allen, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, plans to race in Europe before returning to the United States for the World Championship Trials in Eugene, Oregon, at the end of this month.

Allen’s performance was the highlight of Sunday’s encounter in New York.

In other events, defending US 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson had a mixed day. The flamboyant sprinter, competing in a striking fishnet bodysuit, was beaten in her favorite event, the 100m, finishing second behind Aleia Hobbs.

Hobbs took the tape in 10.83 seconds, with Richardson just behind in 10.85. Olympic finalist Teahna Daniels was third in 10.99.

However, Richardson bounced back later on Sunday to win the 200m in 22.38 seconds ahead of Tamara Clark (22.62) and Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas in 22.66.

Richardson’s winning time was well behind this year’s world-best 200m mark of 21.80 set by Abby Steiner at the NCAA Collegiate Championships in Eugene on Saturday.

In the men’s 100m, world champion Christian Coleman’s preparations for his comeback season following a doping suspension continued with an encouraging win.

Coleman swept the line in 9.92 seconds, his best time of the year, with Jamaican Ackeem Blake second at 9.95.

There was another fast time in the 200m, where 2019 world champion Noah Lyles clocked his best time of 2022 to win in 19.61 seconds.

Kyree King was second in 20.02 with Brandon Carnes third in 20.07.

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