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Obviously this section is extremely subjective. Some runners may be famous in the track and field world (such as Sanya Richards), but to the wider population she is not as well-known since she has not won any major championships. I propose that, as a minimum standard for being eligible for this "famous" list, the athlete must be either a former world record holder or earned a medal at either the Olympic Games or the World Championships in the 400m. Mipchunk 18:43, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
I also think we should reduce the duplication with the top ten list. I agree with the sentiment above but wonder if sentimental favourites might also be considered? I added Lillian Board as a case study of someone who fails the Olympic champion test but does have notability due to an early death. This might be similar to Steve Prefontaine whose legend is massive despite his 'moderate' success at the world level. David D.(Talk) 19:31, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
Second sentence of this article (for 400m) claims: "It is not a sprint distance." The Sprint (race) article lists 400m as a sprint, with no comment about it being considered a middle distance. The Middle distance track event article does not mention 400m at all. So is it generally regarded as a sprint or not? Can somebody more knowledgeable about this please correct this self-contradiction? (I would push an edit myself, but to be honest, my knowledge of track events is limited to "wow, Bolt is so fast!" so I'm far from qualified to say what is true :) ) --220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:03, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
Ah, nevermind. Looks like a random person just stuck the "not" on there a while back. Thanks for fixing it. --18.104.22.168 (talk) 08:10, 24 August 2009 (UTC) (same person as above)
Does the fact the top ten male 400m runners all are American merit mention? I'm an American and therefore possibly biased so I didn't want to make an an edit. Hwttdz (talk) 20:53, 9 December 2009 (UTC)