Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile

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Rodale Books, Aug 25, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

For more than three decades, not one American schoolboy had run a sub-4:00 mile. Then, in January 2001, Alan Webb clocked a 3:59.86 mile, the fastest indoor U.S. high school mile ever. Just a few months later, the young track star achieved legendary status: he ran a 3:53.46 mile-a full 2 seconds faster than former record holder Jim Ryun. Everywhere Webb was hailed as "America's Next Great Miler."

In Sub 4:00, noted track writer Chris Lear follows Webb to college at the University of Michigan. As we witness Webb's freshman track season-watching him struggle with injuries, interpersonal conflicts, the politics of the collegiate track world, and his own aspirations to become the best miler ever-we get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes view of the life of one of the nation's most promising track athletes with a new chapter describing the latest developments in Webb's fascinating career.

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

Not really that interesting. Maybe the author got a poor break that Webb was injured for part of the time while he was "embedded". Nevertheless, you didn't really get much of a sense for what was in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Boneillhawk - LibraryThing

Lear spent a year at University of Michigan following Webb, the first high-schooler to go sub-4:00 in years, and his teammates. As he did in previous works, Lear forged friendships with the team ... Read full review


Introduction i
02 The Agony of Defeat
04 The War Dog

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Chris Lear knows running from the inside out. His own 4:09 was the fastest schoolboy mile of the 1990s in New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University, where he was an All-American miler. Author of Running with the Buffaloes, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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