America’s Alan Webb, national champion at the 1,500 m, showed in the
final of the World Championships that he might be an uprising star in
middle distance running. Though he finished only ninth with 3:41,04
minutes he made an impact. The 22 year-old former breaststroke swimmer
got attention already in the semi final. He ran away during the race an
finally finished second with 3:36,07 minutes just behind Rashid Ramzi
who ran 3:34,69.
It is your first World Championships’ final. How did it work out for you?
Alan Webb: “It was a nice experience to be here; I already
have been to the Olympic Games last year and didn’t reach the semi
finals. This time I swore myself that I will make the semi finals. That
was my biggest desire since I left my home in Michigan. That I did make
the final is great. The race was okay, though it was almost like the
semi final. Nobody wanted to set the pace and when I saw the 800 m
split of 2:03.78 I thought I need to kick-off. I thought the others
would be surprised by that and that I might get an advantage from it.
But the race was too slow before and so almost everybody was able to
speed up. It was all or nothing. I could have tried to get the second
or third place, but I wanted to get the gold.”
You are still young and these have been your first World Championships. What do you think you are capable of in the future?
Alan Webb: “I have two years to train hard and stay focused
for the next World Championships. I will stick with the 1,500 metres
since I see my strength there. I want to compete at the World
Championships in Osaka and the year after at the Olympic Games in
Beijing. I know that I am able to be in it for a medal. I will try it.
Now I will soon finish my season. I will run the 800 metres in Malmö
and the 1,500 in Zurich. I don’t know about plans for the indoor season
yet. So I can’t say anything about the World Indoor Championships.”