Alan Webb (athlete)
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Webb at the KBC Night of Athletics
13 January 1983 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Height||5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 pounds (66 kg)|
|Event(s)||1500m, One mile|
|College team||Michigan Wolverines|
|Club||Nike Oregon Track Club|
|Coached by||Jerry Schumacher|
|Achievements and titles|
2005 1500 m2007 1500 m
800 m: 1:43.84
Webb attended South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. In 1999, he broke Jim Ryun's national sophomore mile record of 4:07.8 by running 4:06.94. During the fall season of his senior year, Webb placed second at the 2000 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships behind Dathan Ritzenhein. At the New Balance Games in January of 2001, Webb's mile time of 3:59.86 at New York City’s Armory made him the first American high schooler ever to run a sub-four minute mile indoors. Webb's time broke the previous American indoor high school record of Thom Hunt — a 4:02.7 — as well as Hunt's indoor HS AR in the 1,500 meters (3:46.6) as Webb came through the 1,500 mark in 3:43.27. Four months later, on May 27, 2001 at the Prefontaine Classic, Webb ran a mile in 3:53.43 to shatter Ryun's 36-year-old national high school record of 3:55.3. En route Webb passed the 1,500 mark in 3:38.26 to take down Ryun's 37-year-old high school AR of 3:39.0 set in 1964. He followed up his run at Prefontaine by winning the Virginia State High School 800 meters title in 1:47.74 to become the fourth-fastest high schooler ever at that distance.
Following his high school achievements, Webb went on to run both cross country and track for the University of Michigan. During the fall cross country season, he won several meets including the Wolverine Interregional  and the Big Ten Championships  (both 8 kilometer races) in times of 25:12 and 23:19.9, respectively. After claiming runner-up at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional  to Boaz Cheboiywo, he finished in eleventh place at the NCAA Championships with a time of 29:38 for the 10 kilometer race  to earn All American honors. After redshirting the indoor track season, he won the Big Ten championship in the 1500 meters run during the outdoor season, clocking a time of 3:49.27 to win the title . Webb competed in this race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships a few weeks later, finishing in fourth place with a time of 3:43.23 . Shortly after the completion of the outdoor season, Webb decided to leave the university to turn professional and return to his high school coach and mentor Scott Raczko. He continued his collegiate education at George Mason University.
Since turning professional in 2002, Webb has competed for Nike. In 2004 he became an Olympian by winning the 1500 meters in the U.S. Olympic Trials. He was later eliminated in the first round of Olympic competition in Athens. In 2005, he won another national title at 1500 meters, and made it to the Finals of the World Championships in Helsinki in that event. He also set personal records (PRs) at every distance from the 1500 to the 5000 meters, setting the American record at 2 miles along the way.
In 2007, Webb once again won the national championship in the 1500 m run, surging past Bernard Lagat in the final 50 meters for the title. He then finished 8th in the final of the 1500 m at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. On July 6, 2007 Webb won the IAAF Golden League meet 1500 m race in Paris in a lifetime best of 3:30.54, third fastest on the American list. On July 21, 2007, at a meet in Brasschaat, Belgium, Webb broke the American record in the mile. His time of 3:46.91 bested the 25-year-old record of 3:47.69 run by Steve Scott. He ended the year with a victory in the New York Fifth Avenue Mile.
On July 6, 2008, Webb failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in the 1500 m after finishing 5th in the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon with a time of 3:41.62.
After many disappointing results since breaking the American mile record, Webb decided in August 2009 to move to Portland, Oregon, to train with coach Alberto Salazar. At the time, Salazar already coached Kara Goucher, Galen Rupp, Amy Yoder Begley, and Dathan Ritzenhein, and Webb was his first 1500 m runner. In March 2011, Webb decided to leave Salazar on amicable terms.
After his split with coach Alberto Salazar, Webb decided to be coached closer to home under the University of Virginia's Jason Vigilante.
Select races by event
|Seville Round B||1||1:46.53||Seville, Spain||2004-06-05|
|Grand Prix||2||1:45.80||Malmö, Sweden||2007-07-03|
|KBC Night of Athletics||1||1:43.84||Heusden, Belgium||2007-07-28|
|Meeting Citta Di Padova||8||1:48.34||Padua, Italy||2010-09-03|
|Olympic Trials Finals||1||3:36.13||Sacramento, California||2004-07-18|
|Olympic Qualifying Round 1||9||3:41.25||Athens, Greece||2004-08-20|
|USATF Outdoor Championships||1||3:41.97||Carson, California||2005-06-25|
|World Track and Field Championships||9||3:41.04||Helsinki, Finland||2005-08-10|
|USATF Outdoor Championships||1||3:34.82||Indianapolis, Indiana||2007-06-24|
|Meeting Gaz de France Paris St. Denis||1||3:30.54||Paris, France||2007-07-06|
|Olympic Trials Finals||5||3:41.62||Eugene, Oregon||2008-07-06|
|Notturna di Milano||5||3:36.21||Milan, Italy||2010-09-09|
|Melbourne Track Classic||3||3:37.82||Melbourne, Australia||2011-03-03|
|Oxy Invitational||7||3:37.26||Los Angeles, California||2012-05-18|
|Prefontaine Classic||10||3:45.59||Eugene, Oregon||2013-05-31|
|American Milers Club High Performance Series Meet #3||10||3:42.88||Indianapolis, Indiana||2013-06-15|
|Nike Prefontaine Classic||1||3:50.83||Eugene, Oregon||2004-06-19|
|Aviva London Grand Prix||4||3:50.73||London, United Kingdom||2004-07-30|
|Bislett Games||4||3:48.92||Oslo, Norway||2005-07-29|
|Prefontaine Classic||11||4:00.87||Eugene, Oregon||2006-05-28|
|Boston Indoor Games (Indoors)||1||3:55.18||Boston, Massachusetts||2007-01-27|
|Drake Relays||1||3:51.71||Des Moines, Iowa||2007-04-28|
|Atletiek Vlaanderen||1||3:46.91||Brasschaat, Belgium||2007-07-21|
|Nike Prefontaine Classic||10||3:55.99||Eugene, Oregon||2009-06-07|
|Prefontaine Classic||11||3:59.47||Eugene, Oregon||2012-06-02|
|Nike Prefontaine Classic||3||7:39.28 (en route)||Eugene, Oregon||2005-06-04|
|Nike Prefontaine Classic||2||8:11.48||Eugene, Oregon||2005-06-04|
|Adidas Track Classic||6||8:33.92||Carson, California||2006-05-21|
|Prefontaine Classic||9||8:23.97||Eugene, Oregon||2007-06-10|
|Penn Relays||1||13:46.31||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2004-04-29|
|Penn Relays||1||13:30.25||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2005-04-28|
|Berlin Golden League||8||13:10.86||Berlin, Germany||2005-09-04|
|Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational||21||13:37.68||Palo Alto, California||2013-04-28|
|Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational||1||27:34.72||Palo Alto, California||2006-04-30|
|USA Cross Country Championships||8||11:31||4 km||Indianapolis, Indiana||2004-02-07|
|USA Cross Country Championships||4||35:21||12 km||Indianapolis, Indiana||2004-02-08|
|USA Cross Country Championships||6||11:48.3||4 km||Vancouver, Washington||2005-02-12|
|1,000 m||2:20.32||2005-06-11||New York City|
|10,000 m||27:34.72||2006-04-30||Palo Alto|
|1,000 m||2:23.68||2001-03-03||VA AAA Championships|
|1,500 m||3:41.93||2004-02-14||Fayetteville, Arkansas|
|Mile||3:55.18||2007-01-27||Boston(Boston Indoor Games)|
|3,000 m||7:47.19||2005-01-28||BU Invitational|
|2 miles||8:45.19||2001-03-11||Nike Indoor Classic|
- Alan Webb Ends season on winning note, Taking Fifth Avenue Mile!
- Nearman, Steve (August 6, 2009). "Webb will train in Oregon". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- Patrick, Dick (August 6, 2009). "Alan Webb leaves longtime coach to join Alberto Salazar in Oregon". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- "Alan Webb leaves Alberto Salazar". Flotrack. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- Rowbury defends, Laalou breaks through at Fifth Avenue Mile. IAAF/NYRR (2010-09-27). Retrieved on 2010-09-27.
- Woods, David (May 9, 2010). "Reunion made in Indy geared for the long run". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
- U.S. Track & Field biography
- Alan Webb profile at IAAF
- Video of Alan Webb`s American Record for the mile
|USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year