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Last Updated on August 11, 2021 by pirie

Marita Koch unbreakable record in the women’s 400m 47.60

Marita Koch of East Germany has held the Women’s World Record in the 400m for 35 years. And set it at the Old Bruce Stadium in Canberra, Australia (now used for Rugby League, team sports), 605m above sea level. And set it at the World Cup of Athletics. Also, at this meet, the East German set a 4×100 World Record that stood until the 2012 London Olympics. Koch’s time is considered far out of reach for today’s athletes.

Standing at 1.71m or 5’6 (relatively short for a 400 elite women’s runner today), Koch ran from Lane 2. Her hand times splits were 11.3 for the 100, 22.4 for 200, and 34.1 for 300m.

Koch had exceptional speed as a young child. And even was beating Boys much older than herself in sprint races in school.

Koch was an Olympic Champion in 1980 at the Moscow Olympics and won 3 Golds and a silver at the 1983 World Championships. Koch broke the world record four times in the 200m and 7 times in the 400m.

 400m Progression (born 1957)

  • 1975 (18) 51.60
  • 1976 (19) 50.19
  • 1977 49.53
  • 1978 48.94
  • 1979 48.60
  • 1980 48.88
  • 1981 49.27
  • 1982 48.16
  • 1984 48.16
  • 1985 47.60
  • 1986 48.22

200m Progression

  • 1976 (19) 22.70
  • 1977 22.36
  • 1978 22.06
  • 1979 21.71
  • 1980 22.34
  • 1981 21.76
  • 1983 21.82
  • 1984 21.71
  • 1985 21.78
  • 1986 22.20 

100m Progression

  • 1977 11.28
  • 1978 11.16
  • 1980 10.99
  • 1982 11.01
  • 1983 10.83
  • 1984 11.19
  • 1985 10.97

All-Time List Women’s 400m

Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Location Ref
1 47.60 Marita Koch  East Germany 6 October 1985 Canberra
2 47.99 Jarmila Kratochvílová  Czechoslovakia 10 August 1983 Helsinki
3 48.14 Salwa Eid Naser  Bahrain 3 October 2019 Doha [20]
4 48.25 Marie-José Pérec France 29 July 1996 Atlanta
5 48.27 Olga Vladykina Soviet Union 6 October 1985 Canberra
6 48.37 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  Bahamas 3 October 2019 Doha [20]
7 48.59 Taťána Kocembová  Czechoslovakia 10 August 1983 Helsinki
8 48.63 Cathy Freeman  Australia 29 July 1996 Atlanta
9 48.70 Sanya Richards  United States 16 September 2006 Athens
10 48.83 Valerie Brisco-Hooks  United States 6 August 1984 Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marita Koch Sources:

  1. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2000-09-14-0009140205-story.html
  2. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2019/10/04/salwa-eid-nasers-astonishing-world-400m-performance-has-blown/
  3. https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/34454487
  4. https://germanroadraces.de/?post_eng=european-athletics-eaa-news-marita-koch-reflects-on-her-25-years-as-the-400m-world-record-holder

 

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