Devon Allen disqualified from World Championships in Athletics for reacting too quickly to starting pistol

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Devon Allen was so close to a perfect start in the hurdles on Sunday at World Championships in Athletics.

Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles was disqualified for a false start in the 110m hurdles. Allen entered the tournament at number 1.2 in the world. He reacted too quickly to the sound of the starting gun.

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Devon Allen of the USA leaves the track after being disqualified in the men's 110m hurdles final at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Devon Allen of the USA leaves the track after being disqualified in the men’s 110m hurdles final at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

According at NFL.com, the rules state that any reaction time within 0.100 seconds after the sound of a gunshot is a false start, and an NFL player is off by a thousandth of a second. The decision to disqualify Allen was met with loud cheers from the crowd in Eugene, Oregon.

Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham finished first and second in the event. There was a good chance that Allen would make the Americans win. He finished second in the semi-finals with a time of 13.09 seconds.

Devon Allen of the USA competes in the men's 110m hurdles semi-final at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Devon Allen of the USA competes in the men’s 110m hurdles semi-final at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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“Athletics is so difficult because you train for a whole year for one competition that lasts 12-13 seconds, and that’s it,” Allen said. “I’ll learn from this and make sure I don’t react so quickly next time.”

Allen has one last week to rest and recover before the Eagles start training camp on July 26.

Allen was the NCAA 110m hurdles champion in 2014. He was also a three-time US Champion in 2014, 2016 and 2018. He played in 54 football matches. for Oregon ducks in the period from 2014 to 2016. He competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Devon Allen of the USA hugs Jamaica's Hansle Perchmenta in the semi-finals of the men's 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Devon Allen of the USA hugs Jamaica’s Hansle Perchmenta in the semi-finals of the men’s 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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In April, he signed a three-year contract with the Eagles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.