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400m Records

The 400m is the shortest distance to not require a wind reading. It has been contested at the Olympics since 1896 for men and 1964 for women.

It has been run in every IAAF World Indoor Championships and every World Masters Indoor Championships. Whereas an outdoor 400m is run entirely in separate lanes, the indoor version features a break of lane after the second bend. 

Where Centre records are better performances than National or World records, this likely indicates that the athlete either failed to apply for the record within the application window or was unable to meet the stricter paperwork requirements. More recent records could still be in the processing stage at World or National level.

For 400m, electronic times are required. Some historical times that predate this requirement may be hand-times (h). Where it is not readily evident that a historical hand timed record or electronic time is faster, both will be listed. [I believe any time given with a single decimal is hand timed but unless marked it is not explicitly expressed.]

Note: Athletes move. Wellington records applicable to athletes registered to Wellington at time of performance. Island championship records applicable to athletes registered to that island at time of performance. NZ records applicable to athletes registered appropriately to NZMA at time of performance. Oceania championship records applicable to athletes registered to OMA at time of performance. World records quote national affiliation of athlete at time of performance.

  Wellington North Island
Champs
South Island
Champs
NZMA Champs NZ National NZ Indoor Oceania Champs World World Indoor
M35 54.30

R Ward
53.11

Hayden Robinson (2012)
54.4

A Pollock (1990)
50.86

A Tucker (1980)
49.27

B Grant (2017)
no record 50.80

Max Warlow AUS (1984)
44.54

Christopher Brown BAH (2015)
47.45

Pierre-Mariew Hilaire FRA (2001)
M40 52.77

Brian Turnbull
53.24

Hayden Robinson (2014)
54.4

Malcolm Fraser (1983)
52.79

Brian Turnbull (1996)
52.79

Brian Turnbull (1996)
no record 51.70

Brendon Wilson AUS (1984)
47.81

Enrico Saraceni ITA (2005)
48.95

Enrico Saraceni ITA (2008)
M45 55.40

A McLaughlin
54.14

Laurie Malcolmson (1998)
54.7

Malcolm Fraser (1985)
54.15

Laurie Malcolmson (1996)
52.1

Bruce McPhail (1983)
no record 52.75

Peter Crombie AUS (1990)
49.69

Allen Woodward USA (2015)
49.89

Fred Sowerby USA (1994)
M50 52.95

Alessandro Pinna (2017)
56.01

Paul Daborn (2016)
54.2

Bruce McPhail (1987)
55.4

Bruce McPhail (1990)
Malcolm Fraser (1990)
53.52

Alessandro Pinna (2016)
no record 55.60

Tom Roberts AUS (1984)
51.39

Fred Sowerby USA (1999)
52.39

Roland Groger GER (2015)
M55 1:00.50

Rob James
1:00.5

D Hilton (1990)
59.38

Mike Weddell (2004)
56.6

Alan Hill (1981)
55.73

Bruce McPhail (1992)
no record 56.02

Rob Mayston AUS (2014)
52.24

Charles Allie USA (2003)
53.20

Alston Brown JAM (2004)

Charles Allie USA (2004)
M60 1:02.44

Richard Brent (2011)
1:02.1

Ian Babe (1996)
1:02.91

Mike Weddell (2011)
1:01.92

Stewart Foster (1997*)

*1998 Champs held in calendar year 1997
58.11

Frank Evans (1985)
1:05.10

A Deleiros (2010)
58.32

John Lamb AUS (2012)
53.88

Ralph Romain TRI (1995)
55.62

Harold Morioka CAN (2003)
M65 1:07.98

Richard Brent (2016)
1:05.37

Laurie Malcolmson (2015)
1:03.82

Malcolm Fraser (2004)
1:03.53

Malcolm Fraser (2007)
1:01.75

Frank Evans (1990)
1:06.29

Alan Dougall (2017)
1:01.15

Hugh Coogan AUS (2004)
56.09

Charles Allie USA (2013)
56.63

Guido Muller GER (2004)
M70 1:18.38

Bill Nicholson
1:11.02

Hector Mein (2000)
1:11.4

Max Wood (2003)
1:09.35

Tony Deleiros (2017)
1:06.29

Max Wood (2003)
1:08.48

A Deleiros (2017)
1:02.28

Hugh Coogan AUS (2006)
59.34

Guido Muller GER (2009)
59.48

Guido Muller GER (2010)
M75 1:16.52

Bernie Kaiser
1:19.90

Eric de Lautour (1996)
1:16.14

Malcolm Fraser (2015)
1:14.27

Max Wood (2010)
1:11.96

Max Wood (2008)
no record 1:14.12

 Colin Woods AUS (2012)
1:02.40

 Guido Muller GER (2014)
1:03.12

 Guido Muller GER (2014)
M80 1:18.34

David Reade (2017)
1:25.60

Eric de Lautour (2001)
1:37.29

Max Wood (2013)
1:23.77

Eric de Lautour (2002)
1:18.34

David Reade (2017)
no record 1:15.64

Mike Johnston AUS (2002)
1:10.01

Hisamitsu Hijiya JPN (2012)
1:11.24

Earl Fee CAN (2009)
M85 no record 1:40.53

Eric de Lautour (2007)
no record 1:33.13

Eric de Lautour (2007)
1:29.82

Eric de Lautour (2006)
no record 1:29.82

Eric de Lautour NZL (2006)
1:17.12

Earl Fee CAN (2014)
1:21.26

Earl Fee CAN (2014)
M90 no record 2:14.66

Eric de Lautour (2012)
no record 3:05.26

Frank Cox (2002)
2:14.66

Eric de Lautour (2012)
no record 2:04.37

James Sinclair AUS (2015)
1:33.99

Toshio Kamehama JPN (2016)
1:46.78

Ugo Sansonetti ITA (2010)
M95 no record no record no record no record no record no record 2:44.23

Eric de Lautour NZL (2015)
2:21.82

Orville Rogers USA (2013)
2:24.51

Orville Rogers USA (2013)
M100 no record no record no record no record no record no record no record 3:41.00

Erwin Jaskulski AUT (2003)
no record
  Wellington North Island
Champs
South Island
Champs
NZMA Champs NZ National NZ Indoor Oceania Champs World World Indoor
  Wellington North Island
Champs
South Island
Champs
NZMA Champs NZ National NZ Indoor Oceania Champs World World Indoor
W35 1:04.87

Pam Graham
1:02.64

Vanessa Story (2010)
1:03.07

Joeline Jones (2017)
58.3h

Chris Turner (1984)

56.98

M Stephen (2002)
no record 58.50

Marge Allison AUS (1984)
50.56

Aurelia Penton CUB (1978)
51.99

Helena Fuchsova CZE (2001)
W40 1:00.35

 Vanessa Story (2016)
1:00.5

C Turner (1987)
1:04.69

Rosemary Heyrick (2005)
1:00.1h

C Turner (1992)
58.9h

C Mills (1975)
1:00.22

 Vanessa Story (2017)
59.13

Suzy Cole AUS (2012)
53.68

Sara Montecinos CHI (1994)
56.15

Barbara Aknin FRA (2008)
W45 1:06.51

Andrea Harris (2016)
1:04.2

C Turner (1982)
1:04.84

Elizabeth Wilson (2011)
1:03.0h

Ann Hathaway (1993)
59.68

C Mills (1981)
no record 59.27

Marie Kay AUS (2006)
56.15

Marie Mathieu PUR (2003)
56.99

Marie Kay AUS (2008)
W50 1:09.60

Petra Stoeveken (2017)
1:06.74

Karen Gillum‐Green (2007)
1:03.88

 Elizabeth Wilson (2014)
1:00.83

Gail Kirkman (2002)
1:00.83

Gail Kirkman (2002)
no record 1:02.62

Gianna Mogentale AUS (2014)
57.66

Marie Mathieu PUR (2007)
1:00.17

Marvyonne Icarre FRA (2016)
W55 1:13.90

Judy Hammond
1:08.18

Chris Waring (1998)
1:14.35

Claire Giles (2011)
1:07.55

Gail Kirkman (2007)
1:04.13

Gail Kirkman (2007)
no record 1:07.13

Peggy MacLiver AUS (2000)
1:00.56

Marie Mathieu PUR (2013)
1:02.11

Caroline Powell GBR (2013)
W60 1:14.30

Judy Hammond
1:14.77

Chris Waring (2005)
1:19.83

Claire Giles (2016)
1:08.93

Gail Kirkman (2013)
1:07.93

Gail Kirkman (2013)
no record 1:08.94

Jeanette Flynn AUS (2014)
1:04.31

 Caroline Powell GBR (2015)
1:04.76

Caroline Powell GBR (2014)
W65 1:25.44

Judy Hammond
1:16.13

Chris Waring (2010)
1:25.93

Barbara Patrick (2012)
1:17.40

L Laban (2017)
1:15.45

Margaret Peters (1999)
no record 1:17.65

Margaret Peters NZL (2000)
1:08.21

 Diane Palmason CAN (2003)
1:11.89

 Carolyn Cappetta USA (2001)
W70 1:28.51

Judy Hammond (2009)
1:23.19

Chris Waring (2013)
1:25.52

Loris Reed (2017)
1:28.43

Chris Waring (2015)
1:20.78

Chris Waring (2013)
1:27.2

Chris Waring (2014)
1:19.76

Marge Allison AUS (2015)
1:13.97

Aletta Ungerer RSA (2016)
1:17.74

Riet Jonkers NED (2013)
W75 1:37.02

Judy Hammond (2013)
1:37.02

Judy Hammond (2013)
no record 1:41.0h

Angie Sole (1991)
1:27.2

Margaret Peters (2009)
no record 1:30.69

Corinne Collins AUS (2012)
1:19.53

Christa Bortignon CAN (2013)
1:21.28

 Jeanne Daprano USA (2012)
W80 no record 1:53.05

Marcia Petley (2009)
no record 2:00.21

Marcia Petley (2010)
1:31.1

Marcia Petley (2009)
no record 2:09.32

Shirley Brasher AUS (2008)
1:31.21

Emma Mazzenga ITA (2013)
1:31.10

Emma Mazzenga ITA (2014)
W85 no record no record no record no record 2:17.54

Clasina van der Veeken (2016)
no record no record 1:49.46

Nina Naumenko RUS (2011)
2:11.47

Lenore Montgomery CAN (2016)
W90 no record no record no record no record no record no record no record 2:46.56

Emilia Garcia de Fontán COL (2015)
3:13.45

Mary Norckauer USA (2015)
  Wellington North Island
Champs
South Island
Champs
NZMA Champs NZ National NZ Indoor Oceania Champs World World Indoor

World Records from World Masters Athletics as at 31 December 2016.

Oceania Championship Records from Oceania Athletics as at 7 December 2015.

NZ Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

NZMA Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at March 2017.

South Island Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

North Island Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

Wellington Records as at 14 December 2017.


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Last Updated 15 December 2017