Photo: John David BeckerWhat happens when you take one of the best American runners of all time and turn him into a triathlete? Hopefully, for Alan Webb, an Olympic medal.
Ask anyone who was on a high school track team around the early 2000s who the biggest name in running was, and chances are they’ll all answer the same: Alan Webb.
Webb first achieved national status when he broke the four-minute mile barrier as a high school senior (in 2001)—first indoors in 3:59.86, and then, months later, by breaking Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old record by a full two seconds with a 3:53.43. In 2007, he set (and still holds) the American mile record, 3:46.91.
For almost a decade, Webb accumulated a list of accolades that solidified his legendary status in the running world: He holds impressive PRs for the 800 meters (1:43) to the 10,000 meters (27:34), he won the 1500-meter final at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials; and, perhaps most notably, his record-setting mile, ran at a meet in Belgium in 2007.