Devon Allen signaled during his 110 hurdles semifinal but was bounced from the final.
Devon Allen signaled during his 110 hurdles semifinal but was bounced from the final. Photo by Chris Stone

With nine medals, including four golds Sunday, Team USA had the best single-day hardware haul of any nation in the four-decade history of the World Athletics Championships.

And the American track-and-fielders could have made it 10 had NFL-bound Devon Allen not been disqualified from the 110-meter hurdles final for starting his race less than a tenth of a second after the gun sounded.

Allen, returning to his alma mater and Hayward Field, was a favorite for having run the best time in the world this season — 12.84 seconds. But his reaction time Sunday of 0.099 second was deemed “too fast” under track rules.

And he was tossed.

Even so, America went 1-2 in that race, with Grant Holloway defending his 2019 world title and collegian Trey Cunningham taking silver in 13.03 and 13.08, respectively.

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Devon Allen skims to a second-place finish in his semifinal. Photo by Chris Stone
Devon Allen’s mood would change when he was DQ’d from 110 hurdles final. Photo by Chris Stone
Rai Benjamin would win his semifinal in the 400-meter hurdles. Photo by Chris Stone
World record holder Karsten Warholm kicks up in a pre-race routine in the 400 hurdles. Photo by Chris Stone
Rai Benjamin explodes from the blocks in his 400-meter hurdles semifinal. Photo by Chris Stone
Olympic champion Karsten Warholm clears 10th and last barrier of 400-meter hurdles race. Photo by Chris Stone
Ryan Crouser launches shot at Hayward Field in his native Oregon. Photo by Chris Stone
Defending champion Joe Kovacs led the shot at one point, but lost in late rounds. Photo by Chris Stone
American Josh Awotunde set a personal best with his bronze-medal effort. Photo by Chris Stone
Ryan Crouser celebrates his first world title in shot put. Photo by Chris Stone
1500-meter runners create shadows in the early evening at Hayward Field. Photo by Chris Stone
Team USA’s Gabriela Leon took 12th in the pole vault. Photo by Chris Stone
Sandi Morris holds the pole high at the World Athletics Championships. Photo by Chris Stone
Sandi Morris took silver, again, in a major world meet. Photo by Chris Stone
Sandi Morris pulls herself up for a vault clearance at Hayward Field. Photo by Chris Stone
Sandi Morris celebrates a vault clearance at Hayward Field. Photo by Chris Stone
Pole vault champion Katie Nageotte celebrates upon landing in Oregon. Photo by Chris Stone
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates her 100-meter-dash victory. Photo by Chris Stone
Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrate Jamaican sweep of 100-meter dash. Photo by Chris Stone
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica added to her legend with 100-meter victory. Photo by Chris Stone

Oregon hometown boy and two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser won his first world title in the shot put, with U.S. teammates Joe Kovacs and Josh Awotunde taking silver and bronze.

Olympic champion Katie Nageotte won the pole vault ahead of U.S. teammate and training partner Sandi Morris in second.

And former Rancho Buena Vista High School soccer player Brooke Andersen won the women’s hammer throw at the meet in Eugene, Oregon.

The previous most medals on a single day was eight by the Soviet Union on Aug. 31, 1991, and the previous best day for USA was seven on Aug. 10, 1983.

For complete results, see the Day 3 timetable.



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