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FLASH!! Michael Phelps, Erik Vendt Both Break the World Record in the 400 IM -- August 15, 2002

By Phillip Whitten

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 15. BOTH Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt broke Tom Dolan's world record in the 400 meter Individual Medley. Phelps, the world record-holder in the 200 meter butterfly, clocked 4:11.09. Vendt was a touch behind in 4:11.27.

Dolan had held the record for one month shy of eight years. He first set ita at 4:12.30 at the World Championships in Rome in 1994. He lowered it to 4:11.76 in winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


World Record Progression in the 400m IM

4:38.7 Gary Hall (USA) 11/07/69
4:33.9 Gary Hall (USA) 15/08/69
4:31.0 Gary Hall (USA) 21/08/70
4:30.81 Gary Hall (USA) 03/08/72
4:28.89 Andras Hargitay (Hungary) 20/08/74
4:26.00 Zoltan Verraszto (Hungary) 02/04/76
4:23.68 Rod Strachan (USA) 25/07/76
4:23.39 Jesse Vasallo (USA) 04/08/78
4:20.05 Jesse Vasallo (USA) 22/08/78
4:19.78 Ricardo Prado (Brazil) 02/08/82
4:19.61 Jens-Peter Berndt (E Ger.) 23/05/84
4:17.53 Alex Baumann (Canada) 17/06/84
4:17.41 Alex Baumann (Canada) 30/07/84
4:16.12 Dave Wharton (USA) 14/08/87
4:15.42 Tamas Darnyi (Hungary) 19/08/87
4:14.75 Tamas Darnyi (Hungary) 21/09/88
4:12.36 Tamas Darnyi (Hungary) 08/01/91
4:12.30 Tom Dolan (USA) 06/09/94
4:11.76 Tom Dolan (USA) 17/09/00
4:11.09 Michael Phelps (USA) 15/08/02