World record progression 400 metres individual medley

The first world record in the 400 metres individual medley in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1957, followed by the women a year later. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

MenEdit

Long courseEdit

Time Swimmer Date Place
5:15.6   Gary Heinrich 27 August 1957 Philadelphia, United States
5:12.9   Vladimir Strushanov 20 October 1957 Moscow, Soviet Union
5:08.8   Ian Black 6 June 1959 Cardiff, United Kingdom
5:07.8   George Harrison 24 June 1960 Los Angeles, United States
5:05.3   George Harrison 24 June 1960 Los Angeles, United States
5:04.5   Dennis Rounsaville 22 July 1960 Toledo, United States
5:04.3   Ted Stickles 1 July 1961 Chicago, United States
4:55.6   Ted Stickles 18 August 1961 Los Angeles, United States
4:53.8   Gerhard Hetz 24 May 1962 Moscow, Soviet Union
4:51.4   Ted Stickles 30 June 1962 Chicago, United States
4:51.0   Ted Stickles 12 July 1962 Louisville, United States
4:50.2   Gerhard Hetz 12 October 1963 Tokyo, Japan
4:48.6   Dick Roth 31 July 1964 Los Altos, United States
4:45.4   Dick Roth 14 October 1964 Tokyo, Japan
4:45.3   Andrei Dunayev 3 April 1968 Tallinn, Soviet Union
4:45.1   Greg Buckingham 6 July 1968 Santa Clara, United States
4:43.4   Gary Hall, Sr. 20 July 1968 Los Angeles, United States
4:43.3   Charlie Hickcox 30 August 1968 Long Beach, United States
4:39.0   Charlie Hickcox 30 August 1968 Long Beach, United States
4:38.7   Gary Hall, Sr. 11 July 1969 Santa Clara, United States
4:33.9   Gary Hall, Sr. 15 August 1969 Louisville, United States
4:31.0   Gary Hall, Sr. 21 August 1970 Los Angeles, United States
4:30.81   Gary Hall, Sr. 3 August 1972 Chicago, United States
4:28.89   András Hargitay 20 August 1974 Vienna, Austria
4:26.00   Zoltán Verrasztó 2 April 1976 Long Beach, United States
4:23.68   Rod Strachan 25 July 1976 Montreal, Canada
4:23.39   Jesse Vassallo 4 August 1978 The Woodlands, United States
4:20.05   Jesse Vassallo 28 August 1978 West Berlin, West Germany
4:19.78   Ricardo Prado 8 August 1982 Guayaquil, Ecuador
4:19.61   Jens-Peter Berndt 23 May 1984 Magdeburg, East Germany
4:17.53   Alex Baumann 17 June 1984 Etobicoke, Canada
4:17.41   Alex Baumann 30 July 1984 Los Angeles, United States
4:16.12   David Wharton 14 August 1987 Brisbane, Australia
4:15.42   Tamás Darnyi 19 August 1987 Strasbourg, France
4:14.75   Tamás Darnyi 21 September 1988 Seoul, South Korea
4:12.36   Tamás Darnyi 8 January 1991 Perth, Australia
4:12.30   Tom Dolan 11 September 1994 Rome, Italy
4:11.76   Tom Dolan 17 September 2000 Sydney, Australia
4:11.09   Michael Phelps 15 August 2002 Fort Lauderdale, United States
4:10.73   Michael Phelps 7 April 2003 Indianapolis, United States
4:09.09   Michael Phelps 27 July 2003 Barcelona, Spain
4:08.41   Michael Phelps 7 July 2004 Long Beach, United States
4:08.26   Michael Phelps 14 August 2004 Athens, Greece
4:06.22   Michael Phelps 1 April 2007 Melbourne, Australia
4:05.25   Michael Phelps 29 June 2008 Omaha, United States
4:03.84[1]   Michael Phelps 10 August 2008 Beijing, China

Short courseEdit

Time Swimmer Nationality Date Location
4:08.77 Luca Sacchi   Italy 29 February 1992 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
4:07.10 Jani Sievinen   Finland 9 February 1993 Malmö, Sweden
4:06.03 Jani Sievinen   Finland 20 January 1996 Lappeenranta, Finland
4:05.59 Marcel Wouda   Netherlands 1 February 1997 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
4:05.41 Marcel Wouda   Netherlands 8 February 1997 Paris, France
4:04.24 Matthew Dunn   Australia 24 September 1998 Perth, Australia
4:02.72 Brian Johns   Canada 23 February 2003 Victoria, Canada
4:00.37 László Cseh   Hungary 9 December 2005 Trieste, Italy
3:59.33 László Cseh   Hungary 14 December 2007 Debrecen, Hungary
3:57.27 László Cseh   Hungary 11 December 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
3:55.50 Ryan Lochte   United States 16 December 2010 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3:54.81 Daiya Seto   Japan 20 December 2019 Las Vegas, United States


WomenEdit

Long courseEdit

Time Swimmer Date Place
5:46.6   Sylvia Ruuska 27 June 1958 Los Angeles, United States
5:43.7   Sylvia Ruuska 1 August 1958 Topeka, United States
5:41.1   Sylvia Ruuska 24 February 1959 Melbourne, Australia
5:40.2   Sylvia Ruuska 17 July 1959 Redding, United States
5:36.5   Donna de Varona 15 July 1960 Indianapolis, United States
5:34.5   Donna de Varona 11 August 1961 Philadelphia, United States
5:29.7   Donna de Varona 2 June 1962 Los Altos, United States
5:27.4   Sharon Finneran 26 July 1962 Osaka, Japan
5:24.7   Donna de Varona 26 July 1962 Osaka, Japan
5:21.9   Sharon Finneran 28 July 1962 Osaka, Japan
5:16.5   Donna de Varona 10 March 1964 Lima, Peru
5:14.9   Donna de Varona 30 August 1964 New York City, United States
5:11.7   Claudia Kolb 9 July 1967 Santa Clara, United States
5:09.7   Claudia Kolb 1 August 1967 Winnipeg, Canada
5:08.2   Claudia Kolb 19 August 1967 Philadelphia, United States
5:04.7   Claudia Kolb 24 August 1968 Los Angeles, United States
5:02.97   Gail Neall 9 July 1972 Munich, West Germany
5:01.10   Angela Franke 18 August 1973 Utrecht, Netherlands
4:57.51   Gudrun Wegner 6 September 1973 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
4:52.42   Ulrike Tauber 21 August 1974 Vienna, Austria
4:52.20   Ulrike Tauber 7 June 1975 Wittenberg, West Germany
4:48.79   Birgit Treiber 1 June 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
4:42.77   Ulrike Tauber 24 July 1976 Montreal, Canada
4:40.83   Tracy Caulkins 23 August 1978 West Berlin, West Germany
4:39.96   Petra Schneider 30 March 1980 Leningrad, Soviet Union
4:38.44   Petra Schneider 27 May 1980 Magdeburg, East Germany
4:36.29   Petra Schneider 26 July 1980 Moscow, Soviet Union
4:36.10   Petra Schneider 1 August 1982 Guayaquil, Ecuador
4:34.79   Chen Yan 13 October 1997 Shanghai, PR China
4:33.59   Yana Klochkova 16 September 2000 Sydney, Australia
4:32.89   Katie Hoff 1 April 2007 Melbourne, Australia
4:31.46   Stephanie Rice 22 March 2008 Sydney, Australia
4:31.12   Katie Hoff 29 June 2008 Omaha, United States
4:29.45   Stephanie Rice 10 August 2008 Beijing, China
4:28.43   Ye Shiwen 28 July 2012 London, United Kingdom
4:26.36   Katinka Hosszú 6 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Short courseEdit

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
4:29.00 Dai Guohong   China 2 December 1993 Short Course Worlds Palma de Mallorca, Spain
4:27.83 Yana Klochkova   Ukraine 20 January 2002 World Cup meet Paris, France
4:26.52 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 9 April 2008 Short Course Worlds Manchester, United Kingdom
4:25.87 Julia Smit   USA 28 November 2008 Canada Cup Toronto, Canada
4:25.06 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 14 December 2008 Short Course Europeans Rijeka, Croatia
4:22.80 Kathryn Meaklim   South Africa 22 November 2009 World Cup meet Singapore
4:21.04 Julia Smit   USA 18 December 2009 Duel in the Pool Manchester, United Kingdom
4:20.85 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 11 Aug 2013 World Cup Berlin, Germany [2]
4:20.83 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 28 Aug 2014 World Cup Doha, Qatar [3]
4:19.86 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 3 December 2014 World Championships Doha, Qatar [4]
4:19.46 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 2 December 2015 European Championships Netanya, Israel [5]
4:18.94 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 12 August 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands [6]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial



All-time top 25Edit

MenEdit

  • Correct as of July 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 4:03.84   Michael Phelps (USA) 10 August 2008 China
2 4:05.18   Ryan Lochte (USA) 28 July 2012 Great Britain
3 4:05.90   Chase Kalisz (USA) 30 July 2017 Hungary
4 4:06.05   Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 6 August 2016 Brazil
5 4:06.16   Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 10 August 2008 China
6 4:06.96   Tyler Clary (USA) 7 July 2009 United States
7 4:07.47   David Verraszto (HUN) 24 June 2017 Hungary
8 4:07.95   Daiya Seto (JPN) 22 June 2019 Italy
9 4:08.86   Thiago Pereira (BRA) 2 August 2009 Italy
28 July 2012 Great Britain
10 4:09.10   Wang Shun (CHN) 4 September 2013 China
11 4:09.22   Jay Litherland (USA) 28 July 2019 South Korea
12 4:09.62   Max Litchfield (GBR) 30 July 2017 Hungary
13 4:09.88   Luca Marin (ITA) 1 April 2007 Australia
14 4:10.14   Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 26 April 2013 Australia
15 4:10.18   Yang Zhixian (CHN) 24 September 2014 South Korea
16 4:10.40   Gergo Kis (HUN) 2 August 2009 Italy
17 4:10.49   Huang Chaosheng (CHN) 24 September 2014 South Korea
18 4:10.52   Yuya Horihata (JPN) 2 April 2012 Japan
19 4:10.53   Oussama Mellouli (TUN) 29 June 2009 Italy
20 4:10.68   Alessio Boggiatto (ITA) 9 August 2008 China
21 4:10.90   Takeharu Fujimori (JPN) 20 May 2017 Japan
22 4:11.04   Daniel Wallace (GBR) 24 July 2014 Great Britain
23 4:11.11   Sebastien Rousseau (RSA) 30 July 2013 United States
24 4:11.27   Erik Vendt (USA) 12 August 2002 United States
25 4:11.32   Thomas Haffield (GBR) 2 August 2009 Italy

NotesEdit

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:11.32:

WomenEdit

  • Correct as of June 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 4:26.36   Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 6 August 2016 Brazil
2 4:28.43   Ye Shiwen (CHN) 28 July 2012 Great Britain
3 4:29.45   Stephanie Rice (AUS) 10 August 2008 China
4 4:29.89   Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 10 August 2008 China
5 4:30.43   Li Xuanxu (CHN) 17 October 2009 China
6 4:30.82   Yui Ohashi (JPN) 3 April 2018 Japan
7 4:30.85   Qi Hui (CHN) 17 October 2009 China
8 4:31.12   Katie Hoff (USA) 29 June 2008 United States
9 4:31.15   Maya DiRado (USA) 6 August 2016 Brazil
10 4:31.21   Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 4 August 2013 Spain
11 4:31.27   Elizabeth Beisel (USA) 28 July 2012 Great Britain
12 4:31.33   Hannah Miley (GBR) 16 March 2009 Great Britain
13 4:32.20   Zheng Rongrong (CHN) 8 January 2012 China
14 4:32.52   Emily Overholt (CAN) 9 August 2015 Russia
15 4:32.88   Sydney Pickrem (CAN) 30 July 2017 Hungary
16 4:33.01   Aimee Willmott (GBR) 24 July 2014 Great Britain
17 4:33.50   Zhou Min (CHN) 4 September 2013 China
18 4:33.59   Yana Klochkova (UKR) 16 September 2000 Australia
19 4:33.86   Leah Smith (USA) 29 June 2017 United States
20 4:34.17   Fantine Lesaffre (FRA) 3 August 2018 Great Britain
21 4:34.34   Alessia Filippi (ITA) 10 August 2008 China
22 4:34.48   Caitlin Leverenz (USA) 25 June 2012 United States
23 4:34.50   Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 4 August 2013 Hungary
24 4:34.65   Ilaria Cusinato (ITA) 30 June 2018 Italy
25 4:34.66   Sakiko Shimizu (JPN) 6 August 2016 Brazil

NotesEdit

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:34.66:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming Men's 400m Individual Medley Results". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. 2008-08-10.
  2. ^ "Women's 400m Individual medley Result". Omega Timing. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Women's 400m Individual medley Result". Omega Timing. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Women's 400m IM Results". Omega Timing. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Katinka Hosszu's World Record Highlights Sizzling Day 1 Prelims at 2015 Euro SCs". Swimming World Magazine. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Women's 400m IM Results". FINA. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.