Alan Webb On The Comeback Trail

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 1, 2012
Alan Webb doesn't want to be counted out yet. Photo: IAAF

America’s fastest miler isn’t dwelling on his past.

Even though he still owns the U.S. record for the mile, Alan Webb has been in a slump for the past few years thanks to a series of plaguing injuries.

The 29-year-old doesn’t like to dwell on the past, however.

“I almost try not to compare myself to what I did in the past,” he said. “It’s always the here and now. You can’t sort of live on those successes.”

Webb broke Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school mile record in 2001.

“That was a lifetime ago,” he admits.

Three years later, when he was just 21 years old, Webb managed to make the U.S. Olympic team. And in 2007, he reached the pinnacle of his career thus far, breaking Steve Scott’s record in the mile.

But then things went south for Webb. He didn’t make the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and subsequently suffered an Achilles tendon injury. He then struggled with a stress fracture in his foot and a stress reaction in his tibia.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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