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    Default Alan Webb breaks US mile record

    Alan Webb broke the 25 yeal old US mile record of Steve Scott by running 3:46.91.

    WOW!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...072101335.html

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    Saw that former1. If he can stay healthy he's really setting himself up for the '08 Olympics.

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    More than anything, 50, I'm impressed with how he's developed in terms of racing strategy. He has compiled a very impressive season and beaten some top guys because he out thought them and that had been a serious knock on Webb up until this year.

    He now has all the tools to be a medal contender for a good long while.

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    So how long has the current WR in the mile held up ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    So how long has the current WR in the mile held up ?
    3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj Roma 07 07 1999


    That's going to be a real tough one for someone to knock off. No one has been close in years.

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    It's great to see US distance running start to take an uptick again. For too long the world class US runners been a sprinter-only thing. It's time we had someone try to pick up the mantle of Pre...

    Former1 - as an aside, did you ever get a chance to compete on the track at Hayward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brasszag View Post
    Former1 - as an aside, did you ever get a chance to compete on the track at Hayward?
    Sorry, Brass. Brain camp.

    I never got the chance to run at Hayward.

    Attending the Pre Classic there, though, circa 1992... Watched Todd Williams, one of my contemporary hero's run at that one.

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    Cool - Growing up in Eugene, you can't escape from the legacy of Pre and his kind of overwhelming legacy as a distance runner. It's really sort of intimidating.

    Hayward's an amazing place, isn't it? There's really no place else in the US where you can so consistently see the world's best in track and field. I really didn't take advantage of it nearly enough when I was there.

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    For a few minutes, I thought you 2 were talking about Hayward, CA...

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    When talking track - there's only Hayward Field.

    If I recall it's the track where more world records have been set than any other track in the world...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brasszag View Post
    When talking track - there's only Hayward Field.

    If I recall it's the track where more world records have been set than any other track in the world...
    Brass,

    It is cool that you have a stong interest and knowledge of track and field (and more importantly to me, distance running ).

    Forgive me if you've told me in the past, but do you have a background that includes competitive distance running?

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    I was never very good at it - I was in Cross-Country in high school - as a way to stay in shape for Track season... my best race was the 200, as I didn't have quite the explosive start needed for the 100, but my asthma made the 400 a rough go due to not being able to get enough O2 beforehand to stay in an anaerobic state for the entire run.

    Right now, with the asthma and the busted up knees and ankles there's no way I'd be able to run for any significant amounts.

    My distance running history knowledge is spotty, but in Eugene, you can't escape absorbing some of it- it's in the air.

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    Eugene must have been tough for the Asthma as well?

    Anyhoo, very cool that you picked up on a lotta stuff most folks have no clue about.

    Obviously, I'm a track junkie so I get a kick out of someone knowing some of the history.

    Like most (former)distance runners, I am a Pre fan and admired his approach immensely.

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    Yeah - my high school was right on the Willamette with all the dogwood fluff in the air from the trees along the river. You couldn't help but inhale chunks.

    The weather though is nice 3/4 of the year for running - cool to warm, and often with a little mist in the air.

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    By the way, Brass, you probably knew this, but they are doing a renovation of Hayward in honor of the Olympic Trials, which are being held there next year.

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    It will be very interesting to see what Webb can do in a competitive race and see how well his strategy has developed. This record run was planned for a good couple of months and was set up with a couple of rabbits to keep him on pace. There was no competition for him in the race. By no means does this detract from the record, it just makes it more interesting when he races with top racers. Can he stay with his plan or does he react to the other racers?
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    Kitz,

    What has been remarkable about Webb's season this year has been his tactical ability in competitive races.

    In 3 tactical, yet fast races this season, agains to competition he has come out victorious by timing his finishing kick perfectly.

    He is a favorite at the Worlds this year for that reason.

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    Another Alan Webb update. Ran against a top 800 meter field this past week end, winning in 1:43.84. This time is 2nd best in the world this year and 8th fastest in US history. The effort was nearly 2 seconds better than his previous personal best.

    The most exciting part of the race was that he appeared to be beaten with 80 meters to go but surged back in the final meters to nose out the victory.

    A season for the ages for Alan Webb, now a favorite for gold in the Osaka World Championships 1500m and maybe for the Olympic gold next year.

    Just for fun, Zag79, Alan was a D1 College drop out....


    (Just kidding, he went pro after his Freshman year at Michigan)

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