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Former champ Mel Patton dies

Updated: May 14, 2014, 11:00 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Mel Patton, a double gold medal-winning sprinter at the 1948 London Olympics and a five-time NCAA champion, has died. He was 89.

The University of Southern California said Wednesday that Patton died May 9 in Fallbrook, California, near San Diego.

He set world records in the 100- and 220-yard dashes. He ran a world-record time of 9.3 seconds in the 100 in 1948, and he ran 20.2 seconds in the 220 on a straightaway in 1949 to break Jesse Owens' world mark. His time in ...

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