The sprinter Darvis Patton, known as Doc, a mainstay on the circuit, was not planning to race too much this winter after a busy 2012 that included a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the London Games.
Almost as an afterthought, he entered the 60-meter dash to work on his start, he said. By all accounts, his start was just fine and so was the rest of his race. Patton ran 6.50 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year and a record for the Armory.
“It’s the fastest track in the world now,” Patton joked after the race. “This may be my last year, so I want to go out with a bang.”
Patton, 35, last ran in the Armory 11 years ago and turned pro 13 years ago, so setting a personal best Saturday was satisfying.
“They call me the old man, so come and beat me,” he said, adding that he hoped his performance was a springboard for the outdoor season and for a potential trip to the world championships in Moscow this summer.
“A lot of athletes are building on that success in London, and indoor is the place to shine,” Ray Flynn, the meet director, said.