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College football star Devon Allen going to Rio, Aries Merritt not

College football star Devon Allen going to Rio, Aries Merritt not

2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt will not defend his title in Rio

After he crossed the finish line, 110m hurdler Devon Allen was not done hurdling.

He jumped a fence and started hugging friends and family in the stands at his collegiate track, Hayward Field, which is hosting the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

“This is the most amazing I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” Allen said on the broadcast to Lewis Johnson. 

Allen, who plays football and runs track for the University of Oregon, qualified to go to Rio by convincingly winning the 110m hurdles final in 13.03 seconds on Saturday.

Ronnie Ash and Jeff Porter will also go to Rio after clocking identical times, 13.21 seconds.

2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt, less than a year removed from a kidney transplant, will not defend his title after finishing in fourth, just .01 seconds after Ash and Porter.

“I still feel like I came in third,” Merritt said to Lewis Johnson. “I am going to go back and look at the film and talk to my agent about that.” 



110m hurdles final

110m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Credit: NBC

2012 Olympic silver medalist Jason Richardson finished fifth.

2013 world champion David Oliver scratched from the final with a left hamstring injury.

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