Wait, what? wrote:
Worked for Alan Webb. Still the current AR.
Did it? His highest finish in a global championship was like 8th.
Wow! 8th fastest in the world? How terrible!
Yes, but most people considered Webb to have all the physical tools necessary to be World/Olympic champion. The fact that he ran the mile AR at a low key meet setup for it only indicates he could have run faster in race with competitors. It just never came together for Webb.
How does running the AR in a meet set up for it indicate that he could have run faster in a meet not set up for it? Setting a race up for a record usually makes it the ideal race to run the record in...
More to the point, a U.S. MILE record is almost meaningless in terms of international competition. Webb's actual 1500m ability was great, of course, but not world-beating.