We wrote Ray Flynn, Alan's agent, and he wrote back today (July 21st) with the following statement:
"Alan has had a lingering achilles tendon problem he was controlling during the season. He injured his hamstring during final warm up for his heat during US Nationals. He strained it further during this race. His hamstring injury likely was connected to his achilles problem. He treated the hamstring injury aggressively in Eugene but in the end decided he would damage it further if running in the final.
Since that race, he has been getting treatment in Washington DC. Although he hoped to be back racing this Summer, It is now unlikely that he will race in Europe this year."
So there you have it. Webb appears to be done for 2009.
Kind of ironic that the news comes two years to the day that Alan set the American record in the mile, July 21, 2007.
On more positive news, we asked Flynn about Maggie Vessey's injury and he wrote the following, "In Paris, her hamstring tightened up during final warm up for her race and she decided to err on the side of caution and not race. She got treatment and is obviously now good!
She will race in both London and Monte Carlo."