Texas has played host to many fast – and windy – sprint performances in the past, but at this weekend’s staging of the Texas Relays in Austin (27-30 March), USA’s Darvis Patton produced one of the fastest ever 100m runs in any conditions.
At 35, Patton appears to have found the form of his life. Earlier this year in his only indoor race of 2013 he set a World M35 masters record of 6.50 in the 60m. In Austin Patton was making his outdoor season debut – and what an opener it was.
His winning time of 9.75 in the invitational 100m was aided by a not-insignificant tailwind of 4.3m/s, but in still conditions it would have still been equivalent to a time comfortably under 10 seconds. He also easily defeated multiple World medallist Wallace Spearmon (9.92), former US champion Mike Rodgers (9.93) and 2010 World junior silver medallist Charles Silmon (9.94).
Under any conditions, only five men in history – Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Obadele Thompson – have ever run faster than 9.75 in the 100m.
But Patton’s performance was not the only notable 100m run of the competition. In one of the few wind-legal finals of the weekend, NCAA indoor 200m champion Ameer Webb won the university 100m final with a world-leading 10.14, breaking his PB. Meanwhile, in the boys’ high school 100m, 18-year-old Cameron Burrell – son of former World record-holder Leroy Burrell – clocked a wind-assisted 10.07 (3.2m/s).
Before his individual victory in the 100m, Patton anchored the Stratton Sprint team to 4x100m glory in a world-leading 38.36, joined by Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell and Jared Connaughton. The invitational 4×400 was won by San Antonio Elite in 3:01.93 as Green & Gold Elite finished a close second in 3:02.21, helped by a 44.72 anchor leg from Jeremy Wariner.
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Article courtesy of Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF