Football pro Devon Allen just missed the world record over 110 m hurdles at the track and field Grand Prix in New York. The 27-year-old American ran the third-fastest time in history at 12.84 seconds, beating the ten-year-old record set by his compatriot Aries Merritt by just 0.04 seconds.

Second place in the race went to world champion and Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway (USA), whose best time was 12.81 seconds.

Allen signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in April. He had previously not practiced the sport for six years. At the so-called Pro Day of the NFL, the former wide receiver from the University of Oregon was noticed by the scouts of various clubs because he had sprinted 40 yards in 4.35 seconds.

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Allen, who stood in the 2016 Olympic final in the 110m hurdles, has announced that he wants to compete in the US Championships at the end of June in order to qualify for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July. Only then should his full attention be devoted to football.

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