The 440-YARD DASH, or QUARTER-MILE RACE, is a sprint race in track and field competitions.
In many countries, athletes compete in the 440 yard dash (402.336 m) – which corresponds to a quarter mile. Many athletic tracks are 440 yards per lap. In the 19th century it was thought of as a middle distance race.
World-record holder Lon Meyers (1858–1899) was the first person to run the 440 in under 50 seconds. In 1947, Herb McKenley of Jamaica set a world record in the event with a time of 46.3 seconds, which he lowered the following year to a new world record of 46.0 seconds. Adolph Plummer took the record under 45 second with a 44.9 on May 25, 1963. In 1971, John Smith lowered the world record to 44.5 seconds, which remains the world record.
The 440 yard race distance used imperial measurements , which have been replaced by metric-distance races. The 400 Metre Dash is the successor to the 440 yard dash. An athlete who competes in the 400 m may still be referred to as 'quarter-miler'.
* Men\'s 440 yards world record progression * Women\'s 440 yards world record progression
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