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400 m is a common track running event. It is the longest common sprint distance. On a standard outdoor running track, it is exactly once around the track in the inside lane. This is the longest distance that is usually run in lanes all the way round. A successful runner will need an efficient stride and superior speed, and a small amount of non-fast twitch muscles to be competitive. For career 400 m runners this becomes a prolonged high speed sprint.

The current men's world record is held by Michael Johnson, with a time of 43.18 seconds. The world indoor record holder is Kerron Clement, in 44.57 seconds. The reigning Olympic champions are Jeremy Wariner and Tonique Williams-Darling.

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Famous 400 m runners

Men


Top ten all time athletes on the 400 meters - men

Updated by June 10th, 2005

RankRes.Athlete (Nat) DatePlace
1. 43.18Michael Johnson (USA) 26.08.1999Sevilla
2. 43.29Harry Reynolds (USA) 17.08.1988Zürich
3. 43.50Quincy Watts (USA) 05.08.1992Barcelona
4. 43.81Danny Everett (USA) 26.06.1992New Orleans
5. 43.86Lee Evans (USA) 18.10.1968Ciudad de México
6. 43.87Steve Lewis (USA) 28.09.1988Seoul
7. 43.97Larry James (USA) 18.10.1968Ciudad de México
8. 44.00Jeremy Wariner (USA) 23.08.2004Athens
9. 44.09Alvin Harrison (USA) 19.06.1996Atlanta
9. 44.09Jerome Young (USA) 21.06.1998New Orleans

Women


Top ten All time athletes on the 400 meters - women

Updated by June 10th, 2005

400mMarkAthlete (Nat) DatePlace
1. 47.60Marita Koch (GDR) 06.10.1985Canberra
2. 47.99Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 10.08.1983Helsinki
3. 48.25Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 29.07.1996Atlanta
4. 48.27Olga Vladykina-Bryzgina (UKR) 06.10.1985Canberra
5. 48.59Tatána Kocembová (TCH) 10.08.1983Helsinki
6. 48.63Cathy Freeman (AUS) 29.07.1996Atlanta
7. 48.83Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA) 06.08.1984Los Angeles
8. 48.89Ana Guevara (MEX) 27.08.2003Paris Saint-Denis
9. 49.05Chandra Cheeseborough (USA) 06.08.1984Los Angeles
10. 49.07Tonique Williams-Darling (BAH) 12.09.2004Berlin
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