Chat with Runner Alan Webb
As a high schooler, Alan Webb's mile time of 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games in January of 2001 made him the first American high schooler ever to run a four minute mile indoors. Just four months later at the Prefontaine Classic, Webb ran a mile in 3:53.43 to break Jim Ryun's 36-year-old national high school record.
Webb went on to run for the University of Michigan, but left the Wolverines during his freshman year (June of 2002) to turn professional. He then earned world-class status by winning four major races in 2004. His 3:50.85 from the Pre Classic in 2004 was the world's fastest mile (at that time). In 2005, Alan set the American record for a two mile run at the Prefontaine Classic (8:11.48). This year in Norway, over a mile distance, Alan ran a 3:48.92, becoming the fourth fastest American over a mile.
FOUR MINUTES, an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production, is based on Roger Bannister's four-minute mile breaking in 1954. The film will debut on ESPN2 this fall. It was produced by prolific TV and movie producer Gerald W. Abrams of Cypress Point Productions and acclaimed Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan. Four Minutes was written by award-winning journalist, author and sports commentator Frank DeFord.
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