Dallas Doc Patton is rid of the relay demons.
Patton, running second in the U.S. 4×100 meter relay in qualifying tonight, got through two clean exchanges. Oh, and was part of setting an American record, too.
The time of 37.38 also topped Jamaica’s relay by .01.
Patton had been involved with relay mishaps in the 2008 Beijing Games and 2009 and 2011 world championships.
“It’s a little redemption,” Patton said. “A gold medal will be complete redemption.”
The finals are Saturday. It’s uncertain if Patton will run. But if the U.S. medals, he’ll get one to add the silver he earned on the relay in 2004.
Also running in qualifying: Jeffery Demps, Trell Kimmons and Justin Gatlin.
The U.S. is aiming for its first gold in the relay since 2000.