The 400 meter dash is a common event in track and field competitions. It requires the runner to complete a 400 meter circuit within a certain time.
The distance of 400 meters is equal to 4 laps on an Olympic size track, which is 400 yards or 1/4 mile. The length of the race is 4 times longer than its 100 meter counterpart, but the time it takes to complete is about 10 seconds slower due to its greater length and higher degree of difficulty in running faster for such a long distance.
The fastest man ever recorded in the 400 meters was Michael Johnson, who ran 43.18 seconds at altitude in 1999. The fastest woman was Florence Griffith-Joyner with 47.60 seconds in 1988.
The most recent world record holder for men’s 100 meters was Usain Bolt at 9.58 seconds in 2009 while the most recent world record holder for women’s 100 meters was Florence Griffith-Joyner at 10.49 seconds in 1988.
Last modified: November 23, 2022