American mile record holder takes a big step on the comeback trail.
Alan Webb opened his abbreviated summer track season on August 14 with a 1:52.32 seventh-place finish in the 800 meters at a low-key meet in London–a less-than-speedy return to competition after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon last December. Less than a month later, however, Webb is already back close to top form, evidenced by an impressive 3:36.21 clocking in the 1,500 meters Thursday night in Milan.
The American record holder in the mile finished fifth in the race, which was won by reigning Olympic 1,500-meter silver medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand in 3:35.17. Willis, who ran collegiately at the University of Michigan, is also rounding back into fine shape after suffering from incessant injuries for much of the last two years. He is gearing up for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.