'If you keep winning your heat, you're going to end up winning a gold medal'
RIO DE JANIERO – A little rain at Hayward Field is no uncommon sight for Devon Allen. But Mother Nature had more than just a drizzle in store for the Olympic Stadium in Rio Monday. A heavy downpour forced all track events to be temporary delayed.
After about 20 minutes, the conditions improved and Allen made his Olympic debut in the Men’s 110m Hurdles.
Allen, the Oregon Duck, raced in lane nine. He clipped a few hurdles, but he hit top speed after the last hurdle to finish second with a time of 13.41. He only missed first in the heat by three one thousandths of a second.
But, Allen’s finish in the top four was all he needed to continue on to the semifinals.
“I definitely was excited. My adrenaline was probably a little bit too high for me. I'm really excited so I didn't run as clean of a race as I wanted to. But I think now that I got my first race out of the way I'll be fine for the next rounds,” he said. “You know that's the name of this game. If you keep winning your heat, you're going to end up winning a gold medal.”
Allen’s time was the seventh fastest out of the six first round heats.