The following link contains a thirty page interview with Mel Patton done for the LA 84 Foundation.
|Barney Ewell, Mel Patton, Harrison Dillard on the|
boat to London 1948
|Winning the 200 meters, 1948 London|
Below is his Olympic record from Sports Reference
During his three seasons of competition, Mel Patton was the undisputed king of American sprinters.
A highly nervous runner, he never competed in the AAU championships, but he won the NCAA 100y in
1947 and took both sprints in 1948 and 1949. After twice running 9.4 for 100y in 1947, Patton ran the
first official 9.3 at the West Coast Relays in 1948. In 1949 he ran a wind-assisted 9.1 and at the same
meet, when the wind had dropped, he ran a legal 20.2 for a new world 220y record. One of Patton's
rare defeats came in the Olympic 100 m final in 1948 when he placed fifth. His only other losses during
his peak years came at the 1948 Final Trials when he lost to Harrison Dillard in the heats and to
Barney Ewell in the final. Patton was also a fine relay runner who twice ran on world- record-setting
4×220y teams for Southern Cal. After his retirement from amateur competition, he ran a series of
pro races in Australia. He then became manager of the Washington office of Sanders Associates, Inc.,
an electronics company.
Personal Bests: 100 – 10.44 (1948); 200 – 20.7 (1948).
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Men's 100 metres||United States||USA||5|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Men's 200 metres||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Final||5||at 0.17||1|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU||10.4||10.6|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Three||1||QU||10.4||10.6|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Two||1||QU||10.6||10.7|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Final||1||21.1||21.3||2|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat One||2||QU||21.6||at 0.26|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Four||1||QU||21.4|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Six||1||QU||21.6|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||USA||Final||1||40.6||40.7||3|
|1948 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||USA||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||41.1||41.2|