World Record Progression of 400 Metres

Mark Wind Competitor DOB Country Venue Date
47.60 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Bruce Stadium, Canberra (AUS) 06 OCT 1985
47.99 Jarmila KRATOCHVÍLOVÁ 26 JAN 1951 TCH TCH Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN) 10 AUG 1983
48.16 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Athina (GRE) 08 SEP 1982
48.60 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Torino (ITA) 04 AUG 1979
48.89 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Potsdam (GDR) 29 JUL 1979
48.94 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Praha (TCH) 31 AUG 1978
49.03 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Potsdam (GDR) 19 AUG 1978
49.19 Marita KOCH 18 FEB 1957 GDR GDR Leipzig (GER) 02 JUL 1978
49.29 Irena SZEWIŃSKA 24 MAY 1946 POL POL Olympic Stadium, Montreal (CAN) 29 JUL 1976
49.75 Irena SZEWIŃSKA 24 MAY 1946 POL POL Bydgoszcz (POL) 22 JUN 1976
49.77 Christina BREHMER 28 FEB 1958 GDR GDR Dresden (GER) 09 MAY 1976
50.14 Riitta SALIN 16 OCT 1950 FIN FIN Roma (ITA) 04 SEP 1974
49.9h Irena SZEWIŃSKA 24 MAY 1946 POL POL Warszawa (POL) 22 JUN 1974
51.0h Monika ZEHRT 29 SEP 1952 GDR GDR Colombes (FRA) 04 JUL 1972
51.0h Marilyn NEUFVILLE 16 NOV 1952 JAM JAM Edinburgh (GBR) 23 JUL 1970
51.7h Colette BESSON 07 APR 1946 FRA FRA Athina (GRE) 18 SEP 1969
51.7h Nicole DUCLOS 15 AUG 1947 FRA FRA Athina (GRE) 18 SEP 1969
51.9h Geum-Dan SHIN 03 JUL 1938 PRK PRK Pyongyang (PRK) 23 OCT 1962
53.4h Mariya ITKINA 03 FEB 1932 URS URS Beograd (SRB) 14 SEP 1962
53.4h Mariya ITKINA 03 FEB 1932 URS URS Krasnodar (URS) 12 SEP 1959
53.6h Mariya ITKINA 03 FEB 1932 URS URS Moskva (URS) 06 JUL 1957
54.0h Mariya ITKINA 03 FEB 1932 URS URS Minsk (URS) 08 JUN 1957
55.2h Polina LAZAREVA 05 MAY 1930 URS URS Moskva (URS) 10 MAY 1957
56.3h y Nancy BOYLE 03 FEB 1932 AUS AUS Sydney (AUS) 24 FEB 1957
57.0h y Marise CHAMBERLAIN 05 DEC 1935 NZL NZL Christchurch (NZL) 16 FEB 1957
57.0h y Marlene MATHEWS 14 JUL 1934 AUS AUS Sydney (AUS) 06 JAN 1957

Legend

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