In the end, the Americans still won nine medals at World Championships on Sunday at home in one of the most memorable days for the red-white-blue in their long, successful history. According to the organizers of the meeting, it was the best singles medal day for any nation at world championships.
Hurdler Devon Allen’s false start saved the USA from a possible win in the 110m final and what could have been the 10th medal of the day. The speedster slash receiver will now take his talents to the football field, where he will attempt to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster. It was hardly the way he wanted worlds to end.
“Track and field is so difficult because you train all year for a 12, 13 second race and that’s it,” said Allen, whose training camp with the Eagles begins July 26. “I’ll learn from it and I’ll make sure next time I just don’t react so quickly.”
Allen’s disappointment scarcely spoiled a day that the recording of “Star-Spangled Banner” wore out.
It started with the hammer throw, where Brooke Andersen won gold and Janee’ Kassanavoid won bronze.
This was a warm-up act for the night session, where seven medals piled up in about 10 minutes.
The women’s pole vaulters led the run with Katie Nageotte and Sandi Morris finishing 1-2. Moments later – and after a delay when Allen unsuccessfully pleaded to the officials to hold the race – Grant Holloway was defending his hurdles title, closely followed by Trey Cunningham in second place.
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Around the same time, the shot putter secured a podium finish, with two-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser taking gold, Joe Kovacs taking silver and Josh Awotunde finishing with bronze.
All of this happened in one night after Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell won the 100. Crouser thought about what would be possible at his event.
“My heart rate was probably around 120, 130,” he said of watching the men’s 100. “I probably shouldn’t have watched it because I was having trouble calming down. I had to make a mental note, take a few deep breaths and say, ‘I don’t have to compete now.’ It’s great to see Team USA win.”
With their big medal haul on Sunday, the Americans now have six gold medals and 14 medals overall. Second-most are three medals each from Ethiopia, Poland, China and Jamaica, who beat the women’s 100 to close out the night.
“It says how great it is to be on home soil and at Hayward Field,” Nageotte said of the Americans-submitted show. “’Hayward Magic’ is real. … Just to see how many people qualified for the semifinals and then the finals and then the medals is a sight to behold and it’s inspiring.”
Nageotte tried to keep track even while competing. It was’nt easy.
“Everything was so much fun,” she said. “It’s really fun, especially when you know the people in (the events).”
Allen seemed like a lock to add to the medal run. But according to sensors, he left too quickly. His reaction time was 0.099 in the final, which earned him a red card. That was just a fraction less than his reaction time in the semifinals, which was 0.101. But rules are rules and a reaction time – measured by sensors in the starting pistol and on the blocks – of less than 0.1 is considered a false start.
“It’s athletics – anything can happen,” Holloway said. “My hat goes to Devon. I didn’t mean to send him out like that, but it is.”
Allen said this will make him “hungrier” for success on the football field and on the track.
“My goal is to be the greatest hurdler of all time, and I still have a chance to do that,” said Allen, who was a standout track and field athlete at the University of Oregon. “My goal is to play in the NFL and help the Eagles win a Super Bowl.”
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