American record holder Alan Webb is no longer training under coach Alberto Salazar. Webb joined Salazar’s group 19 months ago, after leaving long time coach Scott Raczko.
This is the latest development in what has been a much scrutinized and often tumultuous career for Webb. He first gained attention as a teenage prodigy, in 2001, when he ran a 3:53.43 mile to break Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old American high school record. Since then, he’s had more than his share of ups and downs. At his best, in 2007, Webb ran an American Record 3:46.91 mile. But the next year he did not even qualify for the Olympic team, finishing fifth at the US Olympic Trials.
Webb joined Salazar`s training group in Oregon after disappointing seasons in 2008 and 2009. The move seemed promising, given Salazar`s great success with athletes such as Galen Rupp, Kara Goucher, and Dathan Ritzenhein. But Webb`s injury struggles continued, and much of 2010 was spent recovering from surgery on his achilles tendon.
Now Webb is again seeking a change of scenery, still trying to regain his form of 2007. So far, no one knows where he plans to go next.