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Update: July 25, 2012
EventWR/ORRecord[m/s]Record Holder DatePlace
400mWR Man43.189.26Michael JohnsonUSAAug 26, 1999Seville, Spain
OR Man43.499.20Michael JohnsonUSAJul 29, 1996Atlanta, GA, USA
WR Women47.60 8.40Marita KochGDROct 06, 1985Canberra, Australia
OR Women48.258.29Marie José PérecFRAJul 29, 1996Atlanta, GA, USA

400 meters distance
400 meters distance is equal to 437.4539 yards or 0.2486 mile (More conversions available here: 400 meters conversion). This is the longest outdoor sprint distance in athletics.

Cheetah - the fastest land animal, reaching speed up to 120 km/h (74.6 mph), could run this distance in 12s and is more then 3.5 times faster then the current world record holder Michael Johnson
400 m world record men The current world record holder of the 400 m sprint race is Michael JOHNSON, USA. The record has been broken August 26, 1999 in Seville, Spain. Johnson ran 43.18s.

Michael Johnson speed (average):
9.2635 m/s, 33.3486 km/h, 20.7219 mph, 10.1307 yd/s

400 m olympic record men Michael JOHNSON is also current olympic record holder of 400 m sprint race. The record has been broken 29 July 1996 during the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Johnson ran 43.49s.

Michael Johnson speed (average):
9.1975 m/s, 33.111 km/h, 20.5742 mph, 10.0585 yd/s

400 m world record women Marita KOCH from Germany (former East Germany) holds current 400 m sprint race world record. She has established the record September 29, 1988 in Canberra, Australia. Koch ran 47.60s

Marita Koch speed during the winning 400 m race was:
8.4034 m/s, 18.7979 mph, 30.2522 km/h, 9.1901 yd/s

400 m olympic record women The current olympic record holder of 400 m women's race is Marie-José PÉREC form France. She has broke the record 29 July 1996 during Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA. Marie-José Pérec ran 48.25s.

Pérec speed (average) during the 400 meters sprint race was:
8.2901 m/s, 18.5444 mph, 29.8444 km/h, 9.0662 yd/s


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