World Record Progression of 400 Metres

Mark Wind Competitor DOB Country Venue Date
43.03 Wayde VAN NIEKERK 15 JUL 1992 RSA RSA Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 14 AUG 2016
43.18 Michael JOHNSON 13 SEP 1967 USA USA La Cartuja, Sevilla (ESP) 26 AUG 1999
43.29 Butch REYNOLDS 08 JUN 1964 USA USA Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 17 AUG 1988
43.86 Lee EVANS 25 FEB 1947 USA USA Estadio Olímpico, Ciudad de México (MEX) 18 OCT 1968
44.1h Larry JAMES 06 NOV 1947 USA USA Echo Summit (USA) 14 SEP 1968
44.5h Tommie SMITH 12 JUN 1944 USA USA San José (USA) 20 MAY 1967
44.9h Mike LARRABEE 02 DEC 1933 USA USA Los Angeles, CA (USA) 12 SEP 1964
44.9h y Adolph PLUMMER 03 JAN 1938 USA USA Tempe, AZ (USA) 25 MAY 1963
44.9h Carl KAUFMANN 25 MAR 1936 FRG FRG Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA) 06 SEP 1960
44.9h Otis DAVIS 12 JUL 1932 USA USA Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA) 06 SEP 1960
45.2h Lou JONES 15 JAN 1932 USA USA Los Angeles, CA (USA) 30 JUN 1956
45.4h Lou JONES 15 JAN 1932 USA USA Ciudad de México (MEX) 18 MAR 1955
45.8h George RHODEN 13 DEC 1926 JAM JAM Eskilstuna (SWE) 22 AUG 1950
45.9h Herb MCKENLEY 10 JUL 1922 JAM JAM Milwaukee, WI (USA) 02 JUL 1948
46.0h y Herb MCKENLEY 10 JUL 1922 JAM JAM Berkeley, CA (USA) 05 JUN 1948
46.0h Grover KLEMMER 16 MAR 1921 USA USA Philadelphia, PA (USA) 29 JUN 1941
46.0h Rudolf HARBIG 08 NOV 1913 GER GER Frankfurt (GER) 12 AUG 1939
46.1h Archie WILLIAMS 01 MAY 1915 USA USA Chicago, IL (USA) 19 JUN 1936
46.2h Bill CARR 24 OCT 1909 USA USA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (USA) 05 AUG 1932
46.4h y Ben EASTMAN 09 JUL 1911 USA USA Palo Alto, CA (USA) 26 MAR 1932
47.0h Bud SPENCER 14 OCT 1906 USA USA Palo Alto, CA (USA) 12 MAY 1928
47.4h Ted MEREDITH 14 NOV 1891 USA USA Cambridge, MA (USA) 27 MAY 1916
48.2h Charles REIDPATH 20 SEP 1889 USA USA Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 13 JUL 1912
47.8h Maxey LONG 16 OCT 1878 USA USA New York, NY (USA) 29 SEP 1900

Legend

* Pending ratification. Mx: mixed gender race. Wo: women only race. (i): set indoor.