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What Does Endurance Mean? Ask Sprinter “Doc” Patton How an Athlete Lasts

October 18 2011

Elite athletes are known for enduring grueling training sessions. It’s what they do: trudge out in the heat, the rain — in whatever conditions — again and again. They cope with constant pain and fatigue. But Darvis “Doc” Patton — a two-time Olympian, a two-time world Champion, and a two-time U.S Champion — has a confession: … More

How “Doc” Patton Balances Elite Running & Parenting

September 15 2011

It’s hardly shocking that elite runners place career ambitions above all else. The dedication and hard work required to capture an Olympic gold medal or win the Boston Marathon is enormous and any interruption can threaten the dream. Even so, a growing number of elite runners — including Kara Goucher, Doc Patton, and Paula Radcliffe … More

After the Fall: Bleacher Report Q & A with Doc Patton

September 15 2011

Somewhere I’m sure—likely in a sports bar or in a blogger’s basement—a dart board with the hastily-glued-on image of Darvis “Doc” Patton hangs on a wall in effigy. In some circles, Patton has become the face of all that is wrong with USA’s 4x100m relay teams. In the last three global championships, Doc Patton has … More

Daegu awaits world’s top athletes

August 14 2011

On a blazing hot afternoon last week at the Taeneung Training Center in northeast Seoul, a group of sprinters were warming up by jogging around the running track. Their faces, necks and arms glistened with sweat as they sped up. “Since last December, we’ve been staying here, training for the world championships,” said Korean national … More

Kate Hairopoulos’ Olympic preview: Area stars aim for London

July 24 2011

Patton sized up his competition at a recent meet. At 33, he figured he was the oldest dude by six or seven years. But Patton is still keeping company with the world’s fastest sprinters. He recently qualified for his seventh national team and will compete in the 200 meters at the World Championships, Aug. 27-Sept … More

PREVIEW – Samsung Diamond League

July 07 2011

Paris, France – For Usain Bolt, tomorrow’s race ( Fri., July 8 ) over 200 metres in the Samsung Diamond League meeting in the Stade de France will be, perhaps primarily, against himself – that is, best his memory of himself. After arriving, for the Meeting Areva, in the French capital, the World and Olympic 100 and … More

Initial Team USA Relay Pools Announced for 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships

July 05 2011

Initial relay pools leading up to the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Per IAAF rules, the pools must include the top four finishers in the men’s and women’s 100 and 400 meters at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Additional athletes were chosen by Team USA’s … More

Doc Patton, Adam Nelson, Khadevis Robinson fight to make team

June 27 2011

EUGENE, Oregon — If you happened to be near Darvis “Doc” Patton on Friday night after he finished sixth in the men’s 100m final at the USA Outdoor Championships, you might have thought that the world was coming to an end. It was the kind of reaction you would expect from a first-year pro, not … More

Some Runners Choose Not to Wait for a Family

June 26 2011

EUGENE, Ore. — After taking second place at the 10,000-meter race at the USA Track and Field Championships on Thursday, Kara Goucher took her 9-month-old son, Colt, from her husband’s arms and ran a victory lap with him around the track. He wore tiny gray Nike sneakers and sucked on his fingers. “A few months … More

Six athletes dip below 10-seconds at Prefontaine Classic

June 05 2011

Eugene, Oregon (Sporting Alert) — Steve Mullings Blasts to a personal best time of 9.80 seconds to set a meeting record to win the men’s 100 metres dash at the Nike Prefontaine Classic – Diamond League Meet – on Saturday. The Jamaican, who trains with American Tyson Gay in Florida, proved that his 9.89 and … More