World record progression 400 metres freestyle

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The first world record in the men's 400 metres freestyle in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1908. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since 3 March 1991.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Location
011 5:36.85:36.8 Taylor, HenryUnited Kingdom Henry Taylor 16 Jul 1908 1908 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom ?
022 5:35.85:35.8 Battersby, SydneyUnited Kingdom Sydney Battersby 21 Sep 1911 ? London, United Kingdom ?
033 5:29.05:29.0 Kenyery, AlajosHungary Alajos Kenyery 21 Apr 1912 ? Magdeburg, Germany ?
044 5:28.45:28.4 Las-Torres, BélaHungary Béla Las-Torres 5 Jun 1912 ? Budapest, Hungary ?
055 5:24.45:24.4 Hodgson, GeorgeCanada George Hodgson 14 Jul 1912 1912 Summer Olympics Stockholm, Sweden ?
066 5:21.65:21.6 Hatfield, JackUnited Kingdom Jack Hatfield 26 Sep 1912 ? London, United Kingdom ?
077 5:14.65:14.6 Ross, NormanUnited States Norman Ross 9 Oct 1919 ? Los Angeles, USA ?
088 5:14.45:14.4 Ross, NormanUnited States Norman Ross 25 Sep 1921 ? Brighton Beach, USA [1]
099 5:11.85:11.8 Borg, ArneSweden Arne Borg 9 Apr 1922 ? Stockholm, Sweden ?
1010 5:06.65:06.6 Weissmuller, JohnnyUnited States Johnny Weissmuller 22 Jun 1922 ? Honolulu, USA ?
1111 4:57.04:57.0 Weissmuller, JohnnyUnited States Johnny Weissmuller 6 Mar 1923 ? New Haven, USA ?
1212 4:54.74:54.7 Borg, ArneSweden Arne Borg 9 Dec 1924 ? Stockholm, Sweden ?
1313 4:50.34:50.3 Borg, ArneSweden Arne Borg 11 Sep 1925 ? Stockholm, Sweden ?
1414 4:47.04:47.0 Taris, JeanFrance Jean Taris 16 Apr 1931 ? Paris, France ?
1515 4:46.44:46.4 Makino, ShozoJapan Shozo Makino 14 Aug 1933 ? Tokyo, Japan ?
1616 4:38.74:38.7 Medica, JackUnited States Jack Medica 30 Aug 1934 ? Honolulu, USA ?
1717 4:38.54:38.5 Smith, BillUnited States Bill Smith 13 May 1941 ? Honolulu, USA ?
1818 4:35.24:35.2 Jany, AlexFrance Alex Jany 12 Sep 1947 ? Monte Carlo, Monaco ?
1919 4:34.64:34.6 Furuhashi, HironoshinJapan Hironoshin Furuhashi 24 Jul 1949 ? Tokyo, Japan ?
2020 4:33.34:33.3 Furuhashi, HironoshinJapan Hironoshin Furuhashi 18 Aug 1949 ? Los Angeles, USA ?
2121 4:33.14:33.1 Marshall, JohnAustralia John Marshall 11 Mar 1950 ? New Haven, USA ?
2222 4:29.54:29.5 Marshall, JohnAustralia John Marshall 1 Apr 1950 ? New Haven, USA ?
2323 4:26.94:26.9 Marshall, JohnAustralia John Marshall 24 Mar 1951 ? New Haven, USA ?
2424 4:26.74:26.7 Konno, FordUnited States Ford Konno 3 Apr 1954 ? New Haven, USA ?
2625 4:27.04:27.0 Rose, MurrayAustralia Murray Rose 27 Oct 1956 ? Melbourne, Australia ?
2526 4:25.94:25.9* Rose, MurrayAustralia Murray Rose 12 Jan 1957 ? Sydney, Australia ?
2727 4:25.94:25.9 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads 15 Jan 1958 ? Sydney, Australia ?
2828 4:21.84:21.8 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads 12 Jan 1959 ? Melbourne, Australia ?
2929 4:19.04:19.0 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads 7 Feb 1959 ? Sydney, Australia ?
3030 4:16.64:16.6 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka 26 Jul 1959 ? Osaka, Japan ?
3131 4:15.94:15.9 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads 23 Feb 1960 ? Sydney, Australia ?
3232 4:13.44:13.4 Rose, MurrayAustralia Murray Rose 17 Aug 1962 ? Chicago, USA ?
3333 4:12.74:12.7 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander 31 Jul 1964 USA Summer Nationals Los Altos, USA [2]
3434 4:12.24:12.2 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander 15 Oct 1964 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan ?
3535 4:11.84:11.8 Nelson, JohnUnited States John Nelson 18 Aug 1966 ? Lincoln, USA ?
3636 4:11.64:11.6 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander 18 Aug 1966 ? Lincoln, USA ?
3737 4:11.14:11.1 Wiegand, FrankEast Germany Frank Wiegand 25 Aug 1966 ? Utrecht, The Netherlands ?
3838 4:10.64:10.6 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz 25 Jun 1967 ? Haywood, USA ?
3939 4:09.24:09.2 Mosconi, AlainFrance Alain Mosconi 4 Jul 1967 ? Monaco, Monaco ?
4040 4:08.84:08.8 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz 7 Jul 1967 Santa Clara International Invitation Swim Meet Santa Clara, USA [3]
4141 4:08.24:08.2 Charlton, GregUnited States Greg Charlton 28 Aug 1967 ? Tokyo, Japan ?
4242 4:07.74:07.7 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz 23 Jun 1968 16th Annual Swimming Relays Haywood, USA ?
4343 4:06.54:06.5 Hutton, RalphCanada Ralph Hutton 1 Aug 1968 AAU National Swimming Championships Lincoln, USA ?
4444 4:04.04:04.0 Fassnacht, Hans-JoachimWest Germany Hans-Joachim Fassnacht 14 Aug 1969 AAU National Swimming Championships Louisville, USA ?
4545 4:02.84:02.8 Kinsella, JohnUnited States John Kinsella 20 Aug 1970 AAU National Swimming Championships (elec. 4:02.81) Los Angeles, USA ?
4646 4:02.64:02.6 Larsson, GunnarSweden Gunnar Larsson 7 Sep 1970 European Swimming Championships Barcelona, Spain ?
4747 4:02.14:02.1 McBreen, TomUnited States Tom McBreen 25 Aug 1971 AAU Nationals (elec. 4:02.08) Houston, USA ?
4848 4:01.74:01.7 Cooper, BradAustralia Brad Cooper 12 Feb 1972 AUS Nationals & Olympic Trials Brisbane, Australia ?
4949 4:00.114:00.11 Krumpholz, KurtUnited States Kurt Krumpholz 4 Aug 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, USA ?
5050 3:58.183:58.18 DeMont, RickUnited States Rick DeMont 9 Sep 1973 FINA World Championships Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia ?
5151 3:56.963:56.96 Shaw, TimUnited States Tim Shaw 22 Aug 1974 AAU National Swimming Championships Concord, USA [4]
5252 3:54.693:54.69 Shaw, TimUnited States Tim Shaw 22 Aug 1974 AAU National Swimming Championships Concord, USA [4]
5353 3:53.953:53.95 Shaw, TimUnited States Tim Shaw 19 Jun 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, USA ?
5454 3:53.313:53.31 Shaw, TimUnited States Tim Shaw 20 Aug 1975 AAU National Swimming Championships Kansas City, USA ?
5555 3:53.083:53.08 Goodell, BrianUnited States Brian Goodell 18 Jun 1976 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, USA [5]
5656 3:51.933:51.93 Goodell, BrianUnited States Brian Goodell 22 Jul 1976 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada ?
5757 3:51.563:51.56 Goodell, BrianUnited States Brian Goodell 27 Aug 1977 USAvGDR Dual Meet West Berlin ?
5858 3:51.413:51.41 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 6 Apr 1979 URSvGDR Junior meet Potsdam, East Germany ?
5959 3:51.403:51.40 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 19 Aug 1979 URSvCAN Duel Moscow, Soviet Union ?
6060 3:51.203:51.20 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 29 Feb 1980 URS Winter Nationals Potsdam, East Germany ?
6161 3:50.493:50.49 Szmidt, PeterCanada Peter Szmidt 15 Jul 1980 Canadian Nationals & Olympic Trials Etobicoke, Canada ?
6262 3:49.573:49.57 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 12 Mar 1982 URSvGDR Duel Moscow, Soviet Union ?
6262= 3:49.573:49.57 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 14 Jul 1982 URS Nationals Kiev, Soviet Union ?
6363 3:48.323:48.32 Salnikov, VladimirSoviet Union Vladimir Salnikov 19 Feb 1983 URS Winter Nationals Moscow, Soviet Union ?
6464 3:47.803:47.80 Gross, MichaelWest Germany Michael Gross 27 Jun 1985 FRG Nationals & European Championship Trials Wuppertal, West Germany ?
6565 3:47.383:47.38 Wojdat, ArturPoland Artur Wojdat 25 Mar 1988 USA Spring Nationals Orlando, USA [6]
6666 3:46.953:46.95 Dassler, UweEast Germany Uwe Dassler 23 Sep 1988 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea ?
6767 3:46.473:46.47 Perkins, KierenAustralia Kieren Perkins 3 Apr 1992 Australian Olympic Trials Canberra, Australia ?
6868 3:45.003:45.00 Sadovyi, Yevgeny
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Yevgeny Sadovyi
29 Jul 1992 1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain ?
6969 3:43.803:43.80 Perkins, KierenAustralia Kieren Perkins 11 Sep 1994 1994 World Championships Rome, Italy ?
7070 3:41.833:41.83 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 22 Aug 1999 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia ?
7171 3:41.333:41.33 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 13 May 2000 Australian Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia ?
7272 3:40.593:40.59 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 16 Sep 2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia ?
7373 3:40.173:40.17 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 22 Jul 2001 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan ?
7474 3:40.083:40.08 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 30 Jul 2002 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom ?
7575 3:40.073:40.07 Biedermann, PaulGermany Paul Biedermann 26 Jul 2009 2009 World Aquatics Championships Rome, Italy [7]
  • Murray Rose's 4:25.9 set in a 25-metre pool on 12 Jan 1957 was only valid until 1 May the same year. Due to the new rule that records must be set in a 50-metre pool, and the fact that neither John Marshall's 4:26.9 from 1951, nor Ford Konno's 4:26.7 from 1954 were set in 50-metre pools, the WR reverted to Rose's 4:27.0 from 1956.[8]

Short course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Location
011 3:40.463:41.74 Lamberti, GiorgioItaly Giorgio Lamberti 13 Feb 1988 German Invitational Bonn, Germany ?
012 3:40.463:40.81 Holmertz, AndersSweden Anders Holmertz 4 Feb 1990 Paris Open, FINA Swimming World Cup Paris, France ?
013 3:40.463:40.46 Loader, DanyonNew Zealand Danyon Loader 11 Feb 1995 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom ?
024 3:39.823:39.82 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe 25 Sep 1998 AUS SC Nationals Perth, WA, Australia ?
035 3:35.013:35.01 Hackett, GrantAustralia Grant Hackett 2 Apr 1999 World SC Championships Hong Kong ?
046 3:34.583:34.58 Hackett, GrantAustralia Grant Hackett 18 Jul 2002 Grand Prix Sydney, Australia ?
057 3:34.583:32.77 Biedermann, PaulGermany Paul Biedermann 14 Nov 2009 World Cup Berlin, Germany [9]
068 3:32.773:32.25 Agnel, YannickFrance Yannick Agnel 15 Nov 2012 French Nationals Angers, France [10]

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# TIME SWIMMER DATE EVENT PLACE
011 6:30.26:30.2 Bleibtrey, EtheldaUnited States Ethelda Bleibtrey 16 Aug 1919 ? New York City ?
022 6:16.66:16.6 James, HildaUnited Kingdom Hilda James 29 Jul 1921 ? Leeds, United Kingdom ?
033 5:53.25:53.2 Ederle, GertrudeUnited States Gertrude Ederle 4 Aug 1922 ? Indianapolis, USA ?
044 5:51.45:51.4 Norelius, MarthaUnited States Martha Norelius 23 Jan 1927 ? Coral Gables, USA ?
055 5:49.65:49.6 Norelius, MarthaUnited States Martha Norelius 30 Jun 1928 ? New York City ?
066 5:42.85:42.8 Norelius, MarthaUnited States Martha Norelius 6 Aug 1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, The Netherlands ?
077 5:39.25:39.2 Norelius, MarthaUnited States Martha Norelius 27 Aug 1928 ? Vienna, Austria ?
088 5:31.05:31.0 Madison, HeleneUnited States Helene Madison 3 Feb 1931 ? Seattle, USA ?
099 5:28.55:28.5 Madison, HeleneUnited States Helene Madison 13 Aug 1932 ? Los Angeles, USA ?
1010 5:16.05:16.0 den Ouden, WillyNetherlands Willy den Ouden 12 Jul 1934 ? Rotterdam, The Netherlands ?
1111 5:14.25:14.2 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 10 Feb 1937 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
1212 5:14.05:14.0 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 3 Oct 1937 ? Ghent, Belgium ?
1313 5:12.45:12.4 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 14 Nov 1937 ? Magdeburg, Germany ?
1414 5:11.05:11.0 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 12 Dec 1937 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
1515 5:08.25:08.2 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 16 Jan 1938 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
1616 5:06.15:06.1 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 1 Aug 1938 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
1717 5:05.45:05.4 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 8 Sep 1940 ? Svendborg, Denmark ?
1818 5:00.15:00.1 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger 15 Sep 1940 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
1919 4:50.84:50.8 Crapp, LorraineAustralia Lorraine Crapp 25 Aug 1956 ? Townsville, Australia ?
2020 4:47.24:47.2 Crapp, LorraineAustralia Lorraine Crapp 20 Oct 1956 ? Sydney, Australia ?
2121 4:45.44:45.4 Konrads, IlsaAustralia Ilsa Konrads 9 Jan 1960 ? Sydney, Australia ?
2222 4:44.54:44.5 von Saltza, ChrisUnited States Chris von Saltza 5 Aug 1960 USA Olympic Trials Detroit, USA [11]
2323 4:42.04:42.0 Ramenofsky, MarilynUnited States Marilyn Ramenofsky 11 Jul 1964 ? Los Altos, USA ?
2424 4:41.74:41.7 Ramenofsky, MarilynUnited States Marilyn Ramenofsky 1 Aug 1964 USA Summer Nationals Los Altos, USA [2]
2525 4:39.54:39.5 Ramenofsky, MarilynUnited States Marilyn Ramenofsky 31 Aug 1964 ? New York City ?
2626 4:39.24:39.2 Randall, MarthaUnited States Martha Randall 14 Aug 1965 ? Maumee, USA ?
2727 4:38.04:38.0 Randall, MarthaUnited States Martha Randall 26 Aug 1965 ? Monaco, Monaco ?
2828 4:36.84:36.8 Kruse, PamUnited States Pam Kruse 30 Jun 1967 ? Fort Lauderdale, USA ?
2929 4:36.44:36.4 Kruse, PamUnited States Pam Kruse 7 Jul 1967 Santa Clara International Santa Clara, USA [3]
3030 4:32.64:32.6 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer 27 Jul 1967 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada ?
3131 4:29.04:29.0 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer 18 Aug 1967 USA Nationals Philadelphia, USA ?
3232 4:26.74:26.7 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer 1 Aug 1968 USA Nationals Lincoln, USA ?
3333 4:24.54:24.5 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer 25 Aug 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 4:24.55) Los Angeles, USA [12]
3434 4:24.34:24.3 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer 20 Aug 1970 USA Nationals (elec. 4:24.24) Los Angeles, USA ?
3535 4:22.64:22.6 Moras, KarenAustralia Karen Moras 30 Apr 1971 Coca-Cola International London, United Kingdom ?
3636 4:21.24:21.2 Gould, ShaneAustralia Shane Gould 9 Jul 1971 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, USA ?
3737 4:19.044:19.04 Gould, ShaneAustralia Shane Gould 30 Aug 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany ?
3838 4:18.074:18.07 Rothhammer, KeenaUnited States Keena Rothhammer 22 Aug 1973 USA Nationals Louisville, USA ?
3939 4:17.334:17.33 Greenwood, HeatherUnited States Heather Greenwood 28 Jun 1974 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, USA ?
4040 4:15.774:15.77 Babashoff, ShirleyUnited States Shirley Babashoff 22 Aug 1974 USA Nationals Concord, USA ?
4141 4:14.764:14.76 Babashoff, ShirleyUnited States Shirley Babashoff 20 Jun 1975 USA World Championships Trials Long Beach, USA ?
4242 4:11.694:11.69 Krause, BarbaraEast Germany Barbara Krause 3 Jun 1976 GDR Olympic Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
4343 4:09.894:09.89 Thümer, PetraEast Germany Petra Thümer 20 Jul 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada ?
4444 4:08.914:08.91 Thümer, PetraEast Germany Petra Thümer 17 Aug 1977 European Championships Jönköping, Sweden ?
4545 4:07.664:07.66 Linehan, KimUnited States Kim Linehan 2 Aug 1978 USA Summer Nationals The Woodlands, USA [13]
4646 4:06.284:06.28 Wickham, TraceyAustralia Tracey Wickham 24 Aug 1978 World Championships West Berlin ?
4747 4:05.454:05.45 Evans, JanetUnited States Janet Evans 20 Dec 1987 US Open Orlando, USA ?
4848 4:03.854:03.85 Evans, JanetUnited States Janet Evans 22 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea ?
4949 4:03.034:03.03 Manaudou, LaureFrance Laure Manaudou 12 May 2006 French Championships Tours, France ?
5050 4:02.134:02.13 Manaudou, LaureFrance Laure Manaudou 6 Aug 2006 European Championships Budapest, Hungary ?
5151 4:01.534:01.53 Pellegrini, Federica Italy Federica Pellegrini 24 Mar 2008 European Championships Eindhoven, Netherlands ?
5252 4:00.664:00.66 Jackson, Joanne United Kingdom Joanne Jackson 16 Mar 2009 British Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom [14]
5353 4:00.414:00.41 Pellegrini, Federica Italy Federica Pellegrini 27 Jun 2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy [15]
5454 3:59.153:59.15 Pellegrini, Federica Italy Federica Pellegrini 26 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy ?
5555 3:58.863:58.86 Ledecky, Katie United States Katie Ledecky 9 Aug 2014 USA Championships Irvine, United States [16]
5656 3:58.373:58.37 Ledecky, Katie United States Katie Ledecky 23 Aug 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Gold Coast, Australia [17]
5757 3:56.463:56.46 Ledecky, Katie United States Katie Ledecky 7 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Short course[edit]

# TIME SWIMMER DATE EVENT PLACE
011 4:02.594:02.59 Woodhead, CynthiaUnited States Cynthia Woodhead Apr 1979 ? Austin, Texas, USA [18]
012 4:02.054:02.05 Strauss, AstridEast Germany Astrid Strauss 8 Feb 1987 Bonn Arena Festival Bonn, Germany [19][18]
023 4:00.034:00.03 Poll, ClaudiaCosta Rica Claudia Poll 18 Apr 1997 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden [19]
034 3.59.533:59.53 Benko, LindsayUnited States Lindsay Benko 26 Jan 2003 World Cup Berlin, Germany [20]
045 3.56.793:56.79 Manaudou, LaureFrance Laure Manaudou 10 Dec 2005 European Championships Trieste, Italy [21]
056 3.56.093:56.09 Manaudou, LaureFrance Laure Manaudou 9 Dec 2006 European Championships Helsinki, Finland
067 3.54.923:54.92 Jackson, JoanneUnited Kingdom Joanne Jackson 8 Aug 2009 British Grand Prix Leeds, UK
078 3:54.85 3:54.85 Muffat, CamilleFrance Camille Muffat 24 Nov 2012 European Championships Chartres, France [22]
089 3:54.52 3:54.52 Belmonte, MireiaSpain Mireia Belmonte 11 Aug 2013 World Cup Berlin, Germany [23]
0910 3:53.97 3:53.97 Jianjiahe, WangChina Wang Jianjiahe 4 Oct 2018 World Cup Budapest, Hungary [24]
11 3:53.92 Australia Ariarne Titmus 14 Dec 2018 World Championships Hangzhou, China [25]

All-time top 25[edit]

Men long course[edit]

  • Correct as of October 2021[26]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 3:40.07  Paul Biedermann (GER) 26 July 2009 Rome
2 3:40.08  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 30 July 2002 Manchester
3 3:40.14  Sun Yang (CHN) 28 July 2012 London
4 3:41.11  Oussama Mellouli (TUN) 26 July 2009 Rome
5 3:41.35  Zhang Lin (CHN) 26 July 2009 Rome
6 3:41.53  Park Tae-hwan (KOR) 13 November 2010 China
7 3:41.55  Mack Horton (AUS) 6 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
8 3:42.51  Grant Hackett (AUS) 22 July 2001 Fukuoka
9 3:42.65  Elijah Winnington (AUS) 12 June 2021 Adelaide [27]
10 3:42.78  Larsen Jensen (USA) 10 August 2008 Beijing
11 3:43.11  Peter Vanderkaay (USA) 10 August 2008 Beijing
12 3:43.23  Gabriele Detti (ITA) 21 July 2019 Gwangju
13 3:43.27  Jack McLoughlin (AUS) 12 June 2021 Adelaide [28]
14 3:43.36  Danas Rapsys (LTU) 12 May 2019 Budapest
 Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN) 25 July 2021 Tokyo
16 3:43.40  Massimiliano Rosolino (ITA) 16 September 2000 Sydney
17 3:43.42  Conor Dwyer (USA) 6 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
18 3:43.45  Nikita Lobintsev (RUS) 9 August 2008 Beijing
19 3:43.46  Ryan Cochrane (CAN) 24 July 2014 Glasgow
20 3:43.67  Henning Mühlleitner (GER) 24 July 2021 Tokyo [29]
21 3:43.71  David McKeon (AUS) 26 April 2013 Adelaide
22 3:43.75  James Guy (GBR) 2 August 2015 Kazan
23 3:43.79  Connor Jaeger (USA) 26 June 2016 Omaha
24 3:43.80  Kieren Perkins (AUS) 5 September 1994 Rome
25 3:43.85  Yannick Agnel (FRA) 23 March 2011 France

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 3:43.85:

  • Ian Thorpe also swam 3:40.17 (2001), 3:40.54 (2002), 3:40.59 (2000), 3:40.76 (2001), 3:41.33 (2000), 3:41.71 (2001), 3:41.83 (1999), 3:42.41 (2003), 3:42.58 (2003), 3:43.10 (2004), 3:43.85 (1999).
  • Sun Yang also swam 3:40.29 (2011), 3:41.38 (2017), 3:41.48 (2011), 3:41.59 (2013), 3:41.68 (2016), 3:41.94 (2017), 3:42.16 (2017), 3:42.31 (2012), 3:42.44 (2019), 3:42.47 (2010), 3:42.49 (2012), 3:42.58 (2015), 3:42.75 (2019), 3:42.89 (2012), 3:42.92 (2018), 3:42.93 (2013), 3:43.23 (2014), 3:43.24 (2011), 3:43.55 (2016), 3:43.73 (2019), 3:43.79 (2019).
  • Mack Horton also swam 3:41.65 (2016), 3:42.84 (2015), 3:43.17 (2019), 3:43.76 (2018), 3:43.84 (2016), 3:43.85 (2017).
  • Park Tae-hwan also swam 3:41.86 (2008), 3:42.04 (2011), 3:42.06 (2012), 3:43.15 (2014), 3:43.35 (2008).
  • Zhang Lin also swam 3:42.44 (2008), 3:43.32 (2008), 3:43.58 (2009).
  • Grant Hackett also swam 3:42.91 (2005), 3:42.94 (2003), 3:43.15 (2008), 3:43.36 (2004), 3:43.48 (2002), 3:43.84 (2008).
  • Paul Biedermann also swam 3:43.01 (2009).
  • Larsen Jensen also swam 3:43.10 (2008).
  • Peter Vanderkaay also swam 3:43.20 (2009), 3:43.78 (2008), 3:43.82 (2008).
  • Gabriele Detti also swam 3:43.36 (2017, 2019), 3:43.49 (2016), 3:43.73 (2020).
  • Oussama Mellouli also swam 3:43.45 (2008), 3:43.78 (2009).
  • Danas Rapsys also swam 3:43.50 (2019).
  • Jack McLoughlin also swam 3:43.52 (2021).
  • David McKeon also swam 3:43.72 (2014).
  • James Guy also swam 3:43.84 (2016).

Men short course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2021[30]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 3:32.25  Yannick Agnel (FRA) 15 November 2012 France
2 3:32.77  Paul Biedermann (GER) 14 November 2009 Berlin
3 3:33.20  Danas Rapšys (LTU) 4 December 2019 Great Britain
4 3:34.32  Péter Bernek (HUN) 5 December 2014 Doha
5 3:34.58  Grant Hackett (AUS) 18 July 2002 Australia
6 3:34.59  Park Tae-hwan (KOR) 6 December 2016 Windsor
7 3:34.63  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 21 January 2003 Sweden
8 3:34.66  Zhang Lin (CHN) 22 February 2009 Tokyo [31]
9 3:34.81  Peter Vanderkaay (USA) 22 February 2009 Tokyo
10 3:35.30  Aleksandr Krasnykh (RUS) 13 December 2017 Herning
11 3:35.75  Nikita Lobintsev (RUS) 10 December 2009 Istanbul
12 3:35.90  Felix Auböck (AUT) 16 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [32]
13 3:36.35  James Guy (GBR) 5 December 2014 Doha
14 3:36.56  Thomas Dean (GBR) 21 November 2020 Budapest
15 3:36.63  Gabriele Detti (ITA) 7 April 2019 Italy
16 3:36.64  Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 11 December 2018 Hangzhou
17 3:36.75  Oussama Mellouli (TUN) 15 November 2008 Germany
18 3:36.82  Mads Glaesner (DEN) 10 December 2009 Istanbul
19 3:36.83  Antonio Djakovic (SUI) 16 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [33]
20 3:36.86  Tyler Clary (USA) 10 August 2013 Germany
21 3:37.10  Sun Yang (CHN) 24 October 2014 China
22 3:37.11  Brendon Smith (AUS) 29 September 2021 Naples
23 3:37.35  Yuriy Prilukov (RUS) 11 April 2008 Great Britain
24 3:37.45  Elijah Winnington (AUS) 27 September 2020 Australia
25 3:37.57  Emiliano Brembilla (ITA) 10 December 2009 Istanbul
 Wojciech Wojdak (POL) 2 December 2015 Netanya

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 3:37.57:

Women long course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2021[34]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 3:56.46  Katie Ledecky (USA) 7 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
2 3:56.69  Ariarne Titmus (AUS) 26 July 2021 Tokyo [35]
3 3:59.15  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 26 July 2009 Rome
4 4:00.60  Joanne Jackson (GBR) 26 July 2009 Rome
5 4:00.65  Leah Smith (USA) 27 June 2016 United States
6 4:00.79  Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 26 July 2009 Rome
7 4:01.08  Li Bingjie (CHN) 25 July 2021 Tokyo [36]
8 4:01.13  Camille Muffat (FRA) 18 March 2012 France
9 4:01.23  Jazmin Carlin (GBR) 7 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
10 4:01.31  Ajna Kesely (HUN) 21 July 2019 Gwangju
11 4:01.77  Allison Schmitt (USA) 29 July 2012 London
12 4:01.95  Tang Muhan (CHN) 20 September 2021 Xi’an
13 4:02.13  Laure Manaudou (FRA) 31 July 2006 Hungary
14 4:02.20  Katie Hoff (USA) 15 February 2008 United States
15 4:02.28  Erika Fairweather (NZL) 25 July 2021 Tokyo [37]
16 4:02.35  Chen Qian (CHN) 17 October 2009 China
17 4:02.37  Boglárka Kapás (HUN) 7 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
18 4:02.42  Summer McIntosh (CAN) 26 July 2021 Tokyo [38]
19 4:02.47  Melani Costa (ESP) 28 July 2013 Barcelona
20 4:03.02  Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) 2 August 2015 Kazan
21 4:03.11  Cao Yue (CHN) 4 September 2013 China
22 4:03.14  Wang Jianjiahe (CHN) 3 March 2018 United States
23 4:03.21  Isabel Gose (GER) 25 July 2021 Tokyo [39]
24 4:03.29  Coralie Balmy (FRA) 26 July 2009 Rome
25 4:03.34  Jessica Ashwood (AUS) 2 August 2015 Kazan

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:03.34:

  • Ariarne Titmus also swam 3:56.90 (2021), 3:58.76 (2019), 3:59.35 (2019), 3:59.66 (2018, 2019), 4:00.93 (2018), 4:01.34 (2021), 4:01.66 (2021), 4:01.73 (2018), 4:02.36 (2018), 4:02.42 (2019), 4:02.86 (2017).
  • Katie Ledecky also swam 3:57.36 (2021), 3:57.94 (2018), 3:58.34 (2017), 3:58.37 (2014), 3:58.44 (2017), 3:58.50 (2018), 3:58.71 (2016), 3:58.86 (2014), 3:58.98 (2016), 3:59.06 (2017), 3:59.09 (2018), 3:59.13 (2015), 3:59.25 (2021), 3:59.28 (2019), 3:59.54 (2016), 3:59.66 (2020), 3:59.82 (2013), 3:59.89 (2014), 3:59.95 (2019), 3:59.97 (2019), 4:00.31 (2016), 4:00.35 (2018), 4:00.45 (2021), 4:00.37 (2021), 4:00.45 (2021), 4:00.47 (2015), 4:00.51 (2018, 2021), 4:00.81 (2019), 4:00.98 (2017), 4:01.01 (2017), 4:01.27 (2021), 4:01.37 (2021), 4:01.45 (2016), 4:01.50 (2019), 4:01.68 (2019), 4:01.73 (2015), 4:01.81 (2015), 4:01.84 (2019), 4:01.95 (2015), 4:01.96 (2017), 4:01.98 (2016), 4:02.08 (2018), 4:02.15 (2016), 4:02.21 (2018), 4:02.38 (2021), 4:02.40 (2019), 4:02.41 (2017), 4:02.44 (2019), 4:02.57 (2018), 4:02.59 (2017), 4:02.62 (2016), 4:02.67 (2015), 4:02.67 (2015), 4:02.69 (2018), 4:02.71 (2019), 4:02.87 (2019), 4:03.05 (2015), 4:03.05 (2013), 4:03.07 (2021), 4:03.09 (2014, 2014), 4:03.22 (2016).
  • Federica Pellegrini also swam 4:00.41 (2009), 4:01.53 (2008), 4:01.96 (2009), 4:01.97 (2011), 4:02.19 (2008).
  • Joanne Jackson swam 4:00.66 (2009).
  • Leah Smith also swam 4:01.29 (2019), 4:01.54 (2017), 4:01.92 (2016), 4:02.00 (2017), 4:02.21 (2018), 4:03.14 (2016), 4:03.33 (2016).
  • Camille Muffat also swam 4:01.45 (2012), 4:02.84 (2013), 4:02.97 (2012), 4:03.29 (2012).
  • Li Bingjie also swam 4:01.57 (2021), 4:01.75 (2017), 4:02.36 (2021), 4:02.52 (2017).
  • Rebecca Adlington also swam 4:02.24 (2008), 4:02.35 (2012), 4:02.84 (2011), 4:03.01 (2012).
  • Katie Hoff also swam 4:02.32 (2008), 4:03.29 (2008).
  • Allison Schmitt also swam 4:02.51 (2009), 4:02.80 (2009), 4:02.84 (2012), 4:03.31 (2008).
  • Laure Manaudou also swam 4:02.61 (2007), 4:03.03 (2006).
  • Summer McIntosh also swam 4:02.72 (2021).
  • Jazmin Carlin also swam 4:02.83 (2016).

Women short course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2021[40]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 3:53.92  Ariarne Titmus (AUS) 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
2 3:53.97  Wang Jianjiahe (CHN) 4 October 2018 Hungary
3 3:54.06  Katie Ledecky (USA) 6 October 2019 United States
4 3:54.52  Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 11 August 2013 Germany
5 3:54.85  Camille Muffat (FRA) 24 November 2012 France
6 3:54.92  Joanne Jackson (GBR) 8 August 2009 Great Britain
7 3:55.16  Lauren Boyle (NZL) 8 August 2013 Netherlands
8 3:55.83  Li Bingjie (CHN) 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [41]
9 3:55.89  Allison Schmitt (USA) 18 December 2009 Great Britain
10 3:56.09  Laure Manaudou (FRA) 9 December 2006 Finland
11 3:56.24  Coralie Balmy (FRA) 12 December 2009 Istanbul
12 3:56.84  Melani Costa (ESP) 8 August 2013 Netherlands
13 3:57.06  Siobhan Haughey (HKG) 18 November 2021 Eindhoven [42]
14 3:57.07  Katie Hoff (USA) 17 December 2010 Dubai
15 3:57.45  Holly Hibbott (GBR) 21 December 2019 United States
16 3:57.59  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 6 March 2011 Italy
17 3:57.75  Summer McIntosh (CAN) 18 November 2021 Eindhoven [43]
18 3:57.76  Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) 5 December 2014 Doha
19 3:57.78  Leah Smith (USA) 9 December 2016 Windsor
20 3:58.02  Lotte Friis (DEN) 10 December 2011 Poland
21 3:58.07  Chloe Sutton (USA) 16 December 2011 United States
 Jazmin Carlin (GBR) 11 December 2015 United States
23 3:58.15  Boglarka Kapas (HUN) 17 December 2017 Copenhagen
24 3:58.25  Veronika Andrusenko (RUS) 8 November 2019 Russia
25 3:58.26  Hali Flickinger (USA) 11 December 2015 United States

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 3:58.26:

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