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Devon Allen wins U.S. 110m hurdles title by two thousandths of a second

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Devon Allen waited out a three-hour thunderstorm delay to win by two thousandths of a second.

Allen, the University of Oregon wide receiver turned Olympian, claimed his second national title in the 110m hurdles on Sunday. By the fabric of his singlet.

Allen edged NCAA champion Grant Holloway of Florida — 13.452 to 13.454 seconds — on a wet Drake Stadium track in Des Moines, Iowa. It marked the slowest winning time at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships since another wide receiver, Super Bowl winner Willie Gault, captured his title in 1982.

The wind (1.8 meters/second at the hurdlers’ faces) and the delay did not help. The final went off at 8 p.m. local time, three hours later than scheduled, due to a storm passing through the Iowa capital with one hour left of the last day of competition at nationals.

The day’s other marquee sprints — the men’s and women’s 200m finals — were also delayed three hours. Olympians Jenna Prandini and Ameer Webb prevailed over fields that lacked recent U.S. champions and Olympic and world medalists.

The track and field season continues with a Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday with live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBC Sports Gold.

USATF Outdoors: Full Results

Also Sunday, Shelby Houlihan repeated as 5000m champion, one day after winning the 1500m. The Sioux City native, who finished 11th in the Rio Olympic 5000m, moved to the lead with 250 meters left and breezed to win in 15:31.03, 1.68 seconds ahead of Rachel Schneider.

Only Regina Jacobs previously pulled off a 1500m-5000m double at nationals in 1999 and 2000, three years before testing positive for a steroid that would end her career.

Houlihan said all but one of her races the rest of this season will be in the 1500m, including her next Diamond League on July 5, but the 5000m has been “the focus all along.” Athletes can tinker this year with no world championships or Olympics.

“My coach always said, the stronger we are for the 5000m, the better we will be for the 1500m,” Houlihan told media in Des Moines.

Paul Chelimo led for the last mile of the men’s 5000m and held off Ryan Hill by two tenths of a second. The U.S. Army runner Chelimo, an Olympic silver medalist and world bronze medalist, clocked 13:29.47, saluting as he crossed the finish line.

Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy recorded his biggest win since the Olympic Trials, clocking 1:46.50 and holding off NCAA champion Isaiah Harris by .61. Last year, Murphy bid to make the world championships team in the 800m and 1500m but withdrew during nationals with a hamstring injury.

World bronze medalist Ajeé Wilson claimed her third U.S. 800m title in a controlled 1:55.18, .39 ahead of Raevyn Rogers.

In the steeplechase, Evan Jager collected his seventh straight national title, three hours after first taking the track for the final. The Olympic silver medalist clocked 8:20.10 in the first event contested after the rain delay.

Shamier Little took advantage of Georganne Moline‘s stumble coming off the last hurdle to win the 400m hurdles in 53.61. Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer did not finish after crashing over an earlier hurdle. Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin, the fastest in the world this year, did not compete at nationals.

Olympic and world silver medalist Sandi Morris won the pole vault with a top clearance of 4.80 meters. Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic champion and 10-time U.S. champion, finished third.

Olympic shot put champion Michelle Carter finished sixth in her second meet since August, failing in a bid for an eighth U.S. title and placing outside the top three for the first time since 2007. NCAA champion Maggie Ewen won with a 19.29-meter throw.

Jeff Henderson earned his third U.S. long jump title to go along with his gold medal from Rio. Henderson leaped 8.10 meters, matching the shortest jump to win a national title since 1975. He recorded the eventual winning jump before the rain delay, then didn’t show up for his final three jumps post-delay.

Erik Kynard, a 2012 Olympic high jump silver medalist, was beaten by Jeron Robinson, who cleared 2.31 meters. Kynard, a four-time U.S. champion, suffered a left foot injury and limped off with help.

Heptathlete Erica Bougard bagged her first national title after finishing third in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and second in 2017.

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Canada’s Drouin takes gold in high jump, USA’s Kynard 6th

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Twenty years after Canada won its last Olympic track and field gold medal, with Donovan Bailey winning the 100 meters in Atlanta, the nation’s gold medal drought came to an end in the men’s high jump.

WATCH: Canada’s Drouin takes gold in men’s high jump

Derek Drouin cleared 7 feet, 9 ¾ inches (2.38 meters) on his first attempt at that height, and after Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko failed to clear 2.40 meters Drouin was the Olympic champion. With the Olympic record being 2.39 meters, set by Austin Charles of the U.S. in 1996, Drouin made one attempt at 2.40 meters following Bondarenko’s failed attempt with the gold medal sewn up. He is Canada’s first gold medalist in the high jump since 1932.

Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim took silver with a best jump of 7 feet, 8 ¾ inches (2.36 meters), with Bondarenko taking bronze with a best jump of 7 feet, 7 ¾ inches (2.33 meters). Great Britain’s Robert Grabarz and Ukraine’s Andriy Protsenko also cleared 2.33 meters, but missed jumps at the next height of 2.36 meters resulted in their not getting onto the medal stand.

American Erik Kynard also posted a best jump of 2.33 meters, but he also missed on all three attempts at 2.36 meters. Kynard finished sixth by virtue of the two misses at 2.33 meters that came before his successful attempt at that height, with Grabarz and Protsenko both having successful jumps on their first attempts at 2.33.

WATCH LIVE: Olympics Day 11 track and field evening session

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Erik Kynard aims high, suitably, in the high jump, as Team USA takes to the track (and field) for Tuesday night’s evening session.

WATCH LIVE: Track and field evening

We’ll also sees the frenetic pace of the men’s 110m hurdles, and a trio of American throwers taking up their javelins in the women’s toss.


7:30 p.m. EDT — Men’s high jump final

USA: Erik Kynard

7:35 p.m. EDT — Women’s javelin throw qualifying

USA: Maggie Malone, Brittany Borman, Kara Winger

7:40 p.m. EDT — Men’s 110m hurdles

USA: TBD