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Video: Alan Webb’s High School World Record Mile

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Alan Webb is one of the great hopes for American distance running. In this video clip, he takes the field as a high schooler competing against established world-class athletes including such greats as Hicham El Guerrouj and astounds the world with a time of 3:53.43 in the mile – beating a high school world record previously set by Jim Ryun which had been unbroken for 36 years.

Since this record, Alan Webb has shown glimpes of greatness – greatness that appears to have not fully revealed itself. Let’s hope he’s not done growing as an athlete.

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.



6 Comments
  1. Laurie on January 27th at 9:21 am

    So very cool. They make it look so easy. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Jeanne on January 27th at 5:06 pm

    alan webb, from where? METRO D.C.! yay us!

  3. Jeanne on January 27th at 5:12 pm

    ah soooo inspiring! thanks Mark!

  4. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on January 28th at 2:06 pm

    I just got to see him race last night at the Boston Indoor Games; he won the mile pretty handily.

  5. Adeel on January 28th at 5:14 pm

    That’s really something. I’ve seen that race few times and I love watching it every time. A high school student running 3:53 is very, very special.

  6. Funky Dung on January 31st at 11:48 am

    Sheesh. I’ll be happy to break 7:00 this year. 😉

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