Manager Calls Webb Rumor “Totally Bogus”

Alan Webb is still a runner without a coach, according to his manager, Ray Flynn. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Alan Webb is still a runner without a coach, according to his manager, Ray Flynn. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Ray Flynn says his athlete has not yet decided on who will coach him next.

Written by: David Monti
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Alan Webb’s longtime manager Ray Flynn called a story published yesterday which reported that Webb had chosen the University of Virginia’s Jason Vigilante to coach him “totally bogus.”  The story was posted on the website of the American Running Association (AmericanRunning.org).

“The Nearman story quotes nobody,” Flynn said through a text message to Race Results Weekly, referring to the writer, Steve Nearman.  “And at this stage is totally bogus.”

Webb, 28, the American record holder for the mile, amicably separated from coach Alberto Salazar last month and has been interviewing potential coaches.  Vigilante is a candidate, Flynn confirmed, but he said that Webb has not yet made a final decision.

“Alan is still in the process of deciding who to work with,” Flynn explained.  “While he has made a visit to Charlottesville [where the University of Virginia is located], it is not the only visit he has made.  He is still in the process of carefully evaluating his options.  The information released in that article that he has made any decision is inaccurate.”

Webb had Achilles surgery in December, 2009, and spent 2010 under Salazar slowly regaining his form.  He had an abbreviated track season last summer, running two races at both 800m and 1500m, and one 5000m.  He also ran two road races in the fall, finishing fourth at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, and second at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5K in San Francisco.  He has competed in three track races so far in 2011, running a mile and a 3000m indoors, and a 1500m outdoors in Australia.

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