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Inexperience proves costly for Webb

Updated: August 20, 2004, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The blood trickling down his lower leg was graphic evidence of Alan Webb's brutal introduction to the Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old runner's season of great promise collapsed in a rugged 1,500-meter first round Friday night, where the 5-foot-9, 140-pound Webb was knocked around like a pinball and finished ninth in a field of 13.

"A stupid, stupid race,'' he said of his tactical mistakes.

Despite everything, Webb nearly qualified for Sunday's semifinals. ...

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