Men's 4 × 400 metres relay world record progression
The first world record in the 4 x 400 metres for men (athletics) was recognized by the International Amateur Athletics Federation, now known as the International Association of Athletics Federations, in 1912.
The IAAF's first record in the event was for a mark set the year before the organization's formation.
To June 21, 2009, the IAAF has ratified 15 world records in the event.
The following table shows the world record progression in the men's 4 x 400 metre relay, as ratified by the IAAF. "y" denotes time for 4 x 440 yards (1609 m), ratified as a record for this event.
The IAAF announced on 12 August 2008 that they had rescinded the world record of 2:54.20 set by the United States at Uniondale, New York on 22 July 1998 after relay team member Antonio Pettigrew admitted to using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003.
- "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 562. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
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- From 1981, the IAAF accepted auto times for events up to and including 10,000 m. Accordingly, the 2:56.2 world record time from 1968 was rendered as 2:56.16.
- "IAAF Council cancels 4x400m World record". IAAF. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2011.