February 15, 2014
American mile record holder Alan Webb‘s fantastic track and field career came to an end this afternoon at the 2014 Millrose Games. His dream of breaking 4:00 in the mile one last time, in the same venue where he broke four for the first time 13 years ago, in his final race as a pro track athlete, before moving to the triathlon, came up short as Webb finished next-to-last in the Wanamaker mile in 4:06.11.
Webb’s career ends with him having the following personal bests: 1:43.84 for 800, 3:30.54 for 1,500, 3:46.91 for the mile, 13:10.86 for 5,000 and 27:34.72 for 10,000.
We caught up with Webb post-race. You can listen to our interviews with Webb below (Hopefully later we’ll have time to transcribe them). A longer interview appears first and then a shorter one where Webb talks about what he’s most proud of – (Cliff notes version: giving it his all)
Webb said the respect and praise he’s received in recent days from his fellow competitors has been incredibly gratifying. Off camera, we heard him say that yes mistakes were made but he doesn’t have any regrets as it’s hard to say if he’d accomplished all he did if he’d done things differently.
He also said the highlight looking back was clearly 2007 – the year he meet the American record in the mile – but not necessarily for the reason you are thinking. That was the year he also met his wife Julia who has given him a beautiful baby daughter. Both wife and daughter were here to cheer him on.
Webb Retires From Track and Field
Webb on what most proud of
“I gave it everything that I had … in every way. Trying to do the best I could with what I was given. That’s what I was always trying to do. Every move that I made, every workout that I ran, I was trying to get the best out of myself. That was the common denominator. Even though I didn’t do as well at the end of my career, that part never changed. That was always there. Just the results changed. And I think that’s what I was most proud of.”