Friday Faceplant: 4X100-Meter Relay Runner Takes A Tumble
It's all over when the baton drops.
It’s all over when the baton drops.
At the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Daegu, South Korea, American Darvis Patton trips and rolls right before the final hand-off to anchor Walter Dix in the second semifinal heat of the 4X100-meter relay event. According to this video’s close-up replay of the incident, Patton somehow gets tangled up with Britain’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. As a result, both Team USA and Britain did not finish the race and unfortunately lost their spot in the finals. Meanwhile, Team Jamaica took the lead to win and set a new world record of 37.04.
What a crappy race for Patton. Pardon the French.