Men’s 400m Freestyle – Long Course

World’s Fastest 400m Freestyle – Men’s Long Course

The 400m freestyle is one of the most challenging events in swimming, requiring both speed and endurance. The current world record for this event is held by Paul Biedermann, who swam it in an impressive time of 3:40.07. Other top swimmers, including Ian Thorpe and Sun Yang, have come close to breaking this record, but Biedermann’s time still stands as the fastest ever recorded.

  1. Paul Biedermann (26.69, 28.13, 28.01, 28.59, 27.76, 28.39, 27.13, 25.77) 3:40.07
  2. Ian Thorpe (25.33, 27.69, 28.25, 28.30, 27.81, 28.05, 27.61, 27.04) 3:40.08
  3. Sun Yang (25.83, 27.76, 28.34, 28.59, 27.98,  28.14, 27.10, 26.40) 3:40.14
  4. Samuel Short (25.91,27.67, 27.75, 27.96, 28.17, 28.03, 28.18, 27.01) 3:40.68
  5. Ahmed Hafnaoui (26.07, 27.75, 27.89, 27.79, 28.03, 28.10, 27.97, 27.10) 3:40.70 
  6. Ous Mellouli (25.95, 27.91, 28.15, 28.43, 27.76, 28.09, 27.66, 27.16) 3:41.11
  7. Elijah Winnington (25.30, 27.66, 28.26, 28.75, 28.69, 28.23, 27.83, 26.50) 3:41.22
  8. Zhang Lin (26.30, 27.67, 28.43, 28.31, 28.41, 28.03, 27.72, 26.48) 3:41.35

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The chart below compares the World’s fastest 400m Freestyle swimmers. Swimmers and coaches can looks at the individual Splits, Stroke Counts and the first 50m split compared to swimmers 50m PB. All swim data has been collected from our team reviewing race footage where possible. Here is Paul Biedermann’s 400m Freestyle World Record swim to view.

Paul Biedermann, Ian Thorpe and Sun Yang are swimmers who also appear in the Men’s 200m Freestyle Long Course and 400m Freestyle Long Course review lists.

Those who make the list from the 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle list are Ian Thorpe, Sun Yang, Ous Mellouli and Zhang Lin.

Men's 400m Freestyle - Long Course
Paul BiedermannIan ThorpeSun YangSamuel ShortAhmed HafnaouiOus MellouliElijah WinningtonZhang LinPark Taehwan
Height:6 ft 4 in 193cm6 ft 5 in 196cm6 ft 7 in 200cm6 ft 4 in 195cm6 ft 4 in 192cm6 ft 1 in 186cm6 ft 2 in 188cm6 ft 0 in 183cm
Weight:205Ib 93kg229Ib 104kg196Ib 89kg185lb 84kg185Ib 84kg172lb 78kg170Ib 77kg168Ib 76kg
Country:GERAUSCHNAUSTUNTUNAUSCHNKOR
DOB:1986-08-07 1982-10-13 1991-12-01 2003-09-172002-12-041984-02-19 2000-05-051987-01-06 1989-09-27
Meet:13th FINA World Championships 200917th Commonwealth Games 2002Olympic Games London 2012World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 202313th FINA World Championships 200919th FINA World Championships Budapest 202213th FINA World Championships 200916th Asian Games 2010
1st 50m Split26.6925.3325.8325.9126.0725.9525.3026.3025.87
Strokes272731292930
Split Time:26.6925.3325.8325.9126.0725.9525.3026.3025.87
50m PB:22.9823.5724.6825.0525.8923.0322.7925.20
Time off 50m PB:3.711.761.150.860.182.922.511.10
Percentage of 50m PB:116.145%107.467%104.659%103.433%100.695%112.679%111.014%104.365%
2nd 50m Split28.1327.6927.7627.6727.7527.9127.6627.6727.93
Strokes2928373231333231
Split Time:54.4253.0253.5953.5853.8253.8652.9653.9753.80
100m PB:48.3148.5649.2752.5453.8249.5549.3452.2448.42
Time off 100m PB:6.114.464.321.040.004.313.621.735.38
Percentage of 100m PB112.648%109.185%108.768%101.979%100.000%108.698%107.337%103.312%111.111%
3rd 50m Split28.0128.2528.3427.7527.8928.1528.2628.4327.72
Strokes30302837-32343331
Split Time:1:22.431:21.271:21.931:21.331:21.711:22.011:21.221:22.401:21.52
4th 50m Split28.5928.3028.5927.9627.7928.4328.7528.3127.97
Strokes302938333234?3432
Split Time:1:51.021:49.571:50.521:49.291:49.501:50.441:49.971:50.711:49.49
200m PB:1:42.001:44.061:44.391:47.351:49.501:46.441:45.551:46.131:44.80
Time off 200m PB:9.025.516.131.940.004.004.424.584.69
Percentage of 200m PB108.843%105.295%105.872%101.807%100.000%103.758%104.188%104.315%104.475%
5th 50m Split27.7627.8127.9828.1728.0327.7628.6928.4128.18
Strokes303029373333343532
Split Time:2:18.782:17.382:18.502:17.462:17.532:18.202:18.662:19.122:17.67
6th 50m Split28.3928.0528.1428.0328.1028.0928.2328.0328.66
Strokes313030363732343533
Split Time:2:47.172:45.432:46.642:45.492:45.632:46.292:46.892:47.152:46.33
7th 50m Split27.1327.6127.1028.1827.9727.6627.8327.7228.06
Strokes333137-34343633
Split Time:3:14.303:13.043:13.743:13.673:13.603:13.953:14.723:14.873:14.39
8th 50m Split25.7727.0426.4027.0127.1027.1626.5026.4827.14
Strokes363133373735383736
Total Time:3:40.073:40.083:40.143:40.683:40.703:41.113:41.223:41.353:41.53

Note: World’s Fastest 400m Freestyle – Men’s Long Course Update July 2023

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