Debut in Olympics
400 meter sprint for men has been in Olympics since its beginning in 1896. Thereafter, the event has been the part of every Olympics.
In 400 meter race for men, the United States of America or USA has played the dominating part. Athletes from the USA have been the winners of most 400 meter track events in the Olympics.
Rules governing 400 meter sprint for men have been specified by International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF. All tracks and fields events in the Olympics are conducted as per the guidelines of the IAAF. Here are some basic rules for 400 meter sprint for men events.
- The length and width of every lane in the track should not be more or less than specified by the IAAF.
- If the participants are more than, preliminary heat events are held. Top ten of the heat events qualify for the next round.
- The maximum radius for the outside lane of the track is 50 meter.
- IAAF disallows stepping on the inner line of the track.
- Any athlete who has failed to reach the finishing line is not given any credit.
- A standard automatic timing device allowed by the IAAF must be used for measurement of time.
- Any athlete who steps once outside the track boundary is not allowed to rejoin the race.
- Athletes are allowed to run with spiked shoes.
Participating in the Olympics, great athletes have earned the name for themselves and their country. These are Roger Black, Lee Evans, Otis Davis, Michael Johnson, Alberto Juantorena, Danny Everett, Michael Larrabee, Steve Lewis, Larry James, Alvin Harrison, Wyndham Halswelle, Archie Williams, Eric Liddell, Jeremy Wariner, Butch Reynolds, Quincy Watts, Jerome Young, Alonzo Babers, Viktor Markin, and Vincent Matthews.