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Anthony Chiusano | | August 17, 2016

UO WR Devon Allen places 5th in Rio 110-meter hurdles

  Oregon wide receiver and NCAA track champion Devon Allen raced in his first Olympic finals Tuesday.

Speed appears to come natural for all Oregon football players. For rising junior wide receiver Devon Allen though, it does more than just translate well on the football field.

The 2014 NCAA track and field champion in the 110-meter hurdles represented Team USA in the 2016 Olympics Tuesday, placing fifth in the event. In his first Olympic finals, Allen posted a 13.31 time – 0.07 seconds short of a medal.

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Despite falling just short of reaching the podium, Allen tweeted that his time in Rio was the “best experience I’ve had.”

Allen’s Ducks teammates watched and supported him from within the Ducks’ football facility Tuesday, streaming the event on a big projector screen. Many offered their congratulations on Twitter following Allen’s run.  

As Oregon continues to prepare for its season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 3, Allen's return will be a welcome sight for the program.

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