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Men, 400 m
              
All records considered statistically valid, but some of them, were unratified for various reasons.
   - Record was ratified           *   - Record was repeated Chart
Manual Timing
  53.5y E.L. Hunt GBR Dublin May 17, 1865
  50.3y Charles Guy-Pyn GBR London Nov 11, 1865
  50.3*y Edward Colbeck GBR London Jun 20, 1868
  49.6y Robert Philpot GBR Cambridge Mar 07, 1871
  49.2y Lawrence Myers USA New York Sep 20, 1879
  48.6y Lawrence Myers USA Birmingham Jul 16, 1881
  48.5y Henry Tindall GBR London Jun 28, 1889
  48.5y* Edgar Bredin GBR London Jun 22, 1895
47.8y Maxie Long USA New York Sep 29, 1900
47.4y Ted Meredith USA Cambridge May 27, 1916
  47.4y Binga Dismond USA Evanston Jun 03, 1916
47.0 Emerson Spencer USA Palo Alto May 12, 1928
46.4y Benjamin Eastman USA Palo Alto Mar 26, 1932
46.2 William Carr USA Los Angeles Aug 05, 1932
46.1 Archibald Williams USA Chicago Jun 19, 1936
46.0 Rudolf Harbig GER Frankfurt/Main Aug 12, 1939
46.0* Grover Klemmer USA Philadelphia Jun 29, 1941
46.0y Herbert McKenley JAM Berkeley Jun 05, 1948
45.9 Herbert McKenley JAM Milwaukee Jul 02, 1948
45.8 George Rhoden JAM Eskilstuna Aug 22, 1950
45.4 Louis Jones USA Mexico City Mar 18, 1955
45.2 Louis Jones USA Los Angeles Jun 30, 1956
44.9 Carl Kaufmann GER Rome Sep 06, 1960
44.9 Otis Davis USA Rome Sep 06, 1960
44.9y Adolph Plummer USA Tempe May 25, 1963
44.9 Mike Larrabee USA Los Angeles Sep 12, 1964
44.5 Tommie Smith USA San José May 20, 1967
  44.1* Lee Evans USA Echo Summitt Sep 14, 1968
44.1 Larry James USA Echo Summitt Sep 14, 1968
43.8 Lee Evans USA Mexico City Oct 18, 1968
Electronic Timing
  44.82 Wendell Mottley TRI Kingston Aug 11, 1966
  44.19 Larry James USA Echo Summit Sep 14, 1968
43.86 Lee Evans USA Mexico City Oct 18, 1968
43.29 Harry Reynolds USA Zürich Aug 17, 1988
43.18 Michael Johnson USA Sevilla Aug 26, 1999
43.03 van Niekerk Wayde RSA Rio de Janeiro Aug 14, 2016