is a common track
event. It is a sprint
distance. On a standard outdoor running track, it is exactly one
lap around the track. Runners start in staggered positions and race
in separate lanes for the entire course. In many countries athletes
previously competed in the 440 yard
(402.336 m) instead of the 400 metres, though this
distance is now obsolete.
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
current women's world record is held by Marita Koch
, with a time of 47.60 seconds.
The reigning World Champions are LaShawn
and Sanya Richards
reigning Olympic champions are LaShawn
. The men's Paralympic world record of
46.25 seconds is held by Oscar
double of 200 metres and 400 m was
first achieved by Valerie
Brisco-Hooks in 1984, and later by Michael Johnson from the United States and Marie-José Pérec of France both in
Juantorena of Cuba at the
1976 Summer Olympics became the
first and so far the only athlete to win both the 400 m and
800 m Olympic titles.
Famous 400 m runners
Top all-time athletes - men
(Updated 16 June 2009.)
Top all-time athletes - women
(Updated 18 August 2009.)
Other well-known athletes
- Pistorius faces Olympic rejection.
(2007-12-20). Retrieved on 2009-01-29.