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DyeStat 2001 Indoor
Jan 20, 2001 at the New York Armory, New York City
New Balance Games
Alan Webb 3:59.86 !!!
"I want to go faster."
by John Dye
All week long, the promoters of the New Balance Games had been saying there was a mystery entry that would make it worth DyeStat's while to come to New York. By Thursday, the email message was, "You MUST come."
Well, we came, and how sorry we would have been if we hadn't.
In the most electrifying 4 minutes imaginable, South Lakes VA sr Alan Webb ran a 3:59.86 mile in the Men's Elite division against older runners, thus achieving these milestones:
In the press conference afterward, Webb agreed it was a weight lifted
off his shoulders to break 4 minutes. He said he thought he was ready last
June before he got hurt and ended his 2000 campaign before the nationals.
He didn't necessarily expect 4:00 today but he had great workouts lately
and if the race went right he would go for it.
Webb broke sharply with the leaders and ran a steady 3rd place through a half mile behind rabbit Lorris Adams and Kenyan Leonard Mucheru. When Adams dropped out on the fifth lap, Webb moved up to second. But Mucheru made a strong move to go ahead by 30 meters.
Webb bided his time and didn't go with Mucheru. "I knew it was too early, and I decided to be conservative," Webb said. But Webb had a comfortable lead in second for 3 more laps. With two laps to go, Webb started a move and felt himself tightening up, but worked through it.
Webb digs in at start of bell lap
Coming in to the home stretch, Webb was gaining on Mucheru but was also challenged on either side. "I stopped worrying about time and just wanted to hold my place," Webb said. At the wire, it was Mucheru winning in 3:57.90 and Matt Holthaus just edging Webb for second in 3:59.74. Webb went through the Lynx camera a tick later in 3:59.86 and his goal was reached.
Webb's splits for quarter, half, three quarters, and 200 meters to go
showed a rock steady pace:
The complete Men's Elite Mile results:
Now what for Webb, having put this goal to rest so early in his senior year?
"I don't want to stop at 3:59. I want to go faster."
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