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    I had a little time on my hands and decided to answer one of the many statistical questions that buzz around in my head on a regular basis - who has the best average of their top 10 times in the 400 ? Here are the 102 athletes whose top 10 average is under 45 seconds. Altitude marks are included with no weighting (but still, no sign of Lee Evans or Larry James). Raw data source: alltime-athletics.com.

    43.557 Michael Johnson
    43.806 Jeremy Wariner
    43.844 Wayde vanNiekerk
    43.879 LaShawn Merritt
    43.922 Kirani James
    43.977 Harry Reynolds
    44.035 Isaac Makwala
    44.049 Quincy Watts
    44.187 Danny Everett
    44.238 Steve Lewis
    44.293 Fred Kerley
    44.346 Alvin Harrison
    44.375 Tyree Washington
    44.4 Samson Kitur
    44.4 Steven Gardiner
    44.412 Roberto Hernández
    44.448 Innocent Egbunike
    44.448 Machel Cedenio
    44.479 Iwan Thomas
    44.488 Angelo Taylor
    44.493 Luguelin Santos
    44.496 Mark Richardson
    44.5 Jerome Young
    44.504 Andrew Valmon
    44.513 Gary Kikaya
    44.514 Youssef Al-Masrahi
    44.521 Christopher Brown
    44.535 Derek Mills
    44.544 Gil Roberts
    44.55 Antonio Pettigrew
    44.565 Roger Black
    44.569 Tony McQuay
    44.583 Baboloki Thebe
    44.589 Gabriel Tiacoh
    44.592 Bralon Taplin
    44.612 Davis Kamoga
    44.621 Darold Williamson
    44.641 Alleyne Francique
    44.647 Sanderlei Parrela
    44.647 Thomas Schönlebe
    44.648 Abdalelah Haroun
    44.663 Gregory Haughton
    44.68 Darnell Hall
    44.681 Andrew Rock
    44.692 Bert Cameron
    44.693 Anthuan Maybank
    44.693 Derrick Brew
    44.708 David Verburg
    44.71 Jonathan Borlée
    44.714 Jermaine Gonzáles
    44.716 Ian Morris
    44.728 Roddie Haley
    44.733 Avard Moncur
    44.736 Kévin Borlée
    44.736 Tyler Christopher
    44.741 Michael Blackwood
    44.744 Darren Clark
    44.746 Ricardo Chambers
    44.752 Lalonde Gordon
    44.756 Alberto Juantorena
    44.758 Darrell Robinson
    44.763 Antonio McKay
    44.766 Michael McDonald
    44.769 Leslie Djhoné
    44.78 Vernon Norwood
    44.781 Rennie Quow
    44.795 Javon Francis
    44.805 Bryshon Nellum
    44.806 Calvin Harrison
    44.811 Brandon Simpson
    44.817 Martyn Rooney
    44.825 Michael Franks
    44.829 Otis Harris
    44.833 Alejandro Cárdenas
    44.836 Roxbert Martin
    44.839 Tim Simon
    44.848 Michael Cherry
    44.849 Sunday Bada
    44.865 Leonard Byrd
    44.867 Matthew Hudson-Smith
    44.869 Jamie Baulch
    44.871 Nery Brenes
    44.876 Deon Lendore
    44.876 Ibrahim Ismail
    44.887 Derek Redmond
    44.92 Alonzo Babers
    44.922 David Neville
    44.923 Hendrik Mokganyetsi
    44.934 Demetrius Pinder
    44.939 Eric Milazar
    44.95 Milton Campbell
    44.954 Mohamed Al
    44.955 Walter McCoy
    44.959 Sunder Nix
    44.96 Davian Clarke
    44.966 Kelly Willie
    44.968 Jerome Davis
    44.984 Pavel Maslák
    44.991 Raymond Pierre
    44.992 Jens Carlowitz
    44.993 Kennedy Ochieng
    44.999 Jason Rouser
    Last edited by berkeley; 09-30-2017, 05:35 AM.

  • #2
    Amazing year by Fred Kerley, moving to No. 11 all with times from one season, which I suspect might be unique.

    Note that he's at 44.286 if you include his indoor best (which Tilastopaja does)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gh View Post
      Amazing year by Fred Kerley, moving to No. 11 all with times from one season, which I suspect might be unique.

      Note that he's at 44.286 if you include his indoor best (which Tilastopaja does)
      Yes - shame about the coda in London though. I really thought he would medal there, and capping it off with a "Pettigrew" made it worse.

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      • #4
        Three of the greatest of my lifetime aren't on the list---
        Tommie Smith
        Ulis Williams
        Adolph Plummer

        Also Wayne Collett

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        • #5
          Originally posted by berkeley View Post
          Amazing year by Fred Kerley, moving to No. 11 all with times from one season, which I suspect might be unique.
          You're right, it is unique. 11 more guys ran their times over 2 seasons. Here's the complete list of numbers of seasons. The other end of the list can be a bit misleading at first glance - that is, Derrick Brew didn't have the longest career at the top level of anyone. The numbers only count each athlete's top 10 times. For example, LaShawn Merritt has run 45.20 or better 115 times over 12 seasons.

          1 Fred Kerley
          2 Alonzo Babers
          2 Baboloki Thebe
          2 Bralon Taplin
          2 Hendrik Mokganyetsi
          2 Iwan Thomas
          2 Javon Francis
          2 Machel Cedenio
          2 Michael Cherry
          2 Mohamed Al Malky
          2 Quincy Watts
          2 Steve Lewis
          3 Abdalelah Haroun
          3 Alejandro Cárdenas
          3 Alvin Harrison
          3 Andrew Rock
          3 Darnell Hall
          3 Darold Williamson
          3 David Neville
          3 David Verburg
          3 Davis Kamoga
          3 Demetrius Pinder
          3 Gary Kikaya
          3 Ian Morris
          3 Innocent Egbunike
          3 Isaac Makwala
          3 Jermaine Gonzáles
          3 Jerome Davis
          3 Kelly Willie
          3 Milton Campbell
          3 Otis Harris
          3 Raymond Pierre
          3 Roxbert Martin
          3 Steven Gardiner
          3 Tim Simon
          3 Tyler Christopher
          3 Vernon Norwood
          3 Wayde vanNiekerk
          3 Youssef Al-Masrahi
          4 Andrew Valmon
          4 Angelo Taylor
          4 Anthuan Maybank
          4 Antonio McKay
          4 Avard Moncur
          4 Brandon Simpson
          4 Bryshon Nellum
          4 Danny Everett
          4 Darrell Robinson
          4 Deon Lendore
          4 Derek Mills
          4 Derek Redmond
          4 Gabriel Tiacoh
          4 Gil Roberts
          4 Ingo Schultz
          4 Jamie Baulch
          4 Jerome Young
          4 Lalonde Gordon
          4 Mark Richardson
          4 Matthew Hudson-Smith
          4 Michael Franks
          4 Michael McDonald
          4 Rennie Quow
          4 Roberto Hernández
          4 Roddie Haley
          4 Roger Black
          4 Samson Kitur
          4 Sanderlei Parrela
          4 Sunday Bada
          4 Sunder Nix
          4 Thomas Schönlebe
          4 Tyree Washington
          5 Alberto Juantorena
          5 Alleyne Francique
          5 Antonio Pettigrew
          5 Calvin Harrison
          5 Christopher Brown
          5 Clarence Daniel
          5 Danny McCray
          5 Davian Clarke
          5 Eric Milazar
          5 Harry Reynolds
          5 Jason Rouser
          5 Jens Carlowitz
          5 Jeremy Wariner
          5 Kennedy Ochieng
          5 Kévin Borlée
          5 Kirani James
          5 Leonard Byrd
          5 Martyn Rooney
          5 Mike Berry
          5 Tabarie Henry
          5 Tony McQuay
          5 Walter McCoy
          6 Bert Cameron
          6 Darren Clark
          6 Gregory Haughton
          6 Harald Schmid
          6 Ibrahim Ismail
          6 Jonathan Borlée
          6 LaShawn Merritt
          6 Luguelin Santos
          6 Michael Blackwood
          6 Michael Johnson
          6 Nery Brenes
          6 Pavel Maslák
          6 Ricardo Chambers
          6 Willie Smith
          7 Leslie Djhoné
          8 Derrick Brew

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aaronk View Post
            Three of the greatest of my lifetime aren't on the list---
            Tommie Smith
            Ulis Williams
            Adolph Plummer

            Also Wayne Collett
            The list only covers automatic timing. Collett has two entries (under 45.20). The others were active before automatic was widely used.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gh View Post
              Amazing year by Fred Kerley, moving to No. 11 all with times from one season, which I suspect might be unique.
              Probably just due to when the list was made. After next year, I doubt his 10 fastest will all be from 1 year.

              edit: for reference, fastest years, sorted by top 10 times (outdoor times only)
              44.074 -- 2006 -- Jeremy Wariner
              44.089 -- 2007 -- Jeremy Wariner
              44.145 -- 1992 -- Quincy Watts
              44.159 -- 2008 -- Jeremy Wariner
              44.187 -- 2008 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.222 -- 2014 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.264 -- 1996 -- Michael Johnson
              44.293 -- 2017 -- Fred Kerley
              44.324 -- 2015 -- Kirani James
              44.335 -- 1988 -- Danny Everett
              44.343 -- 1993 -- Michael Johnson
              44.345 -- 1995 -- Michael Johnson
              44.366 -- 2013 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.380 -- 2007 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.390 -- 2016 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.401 -- 1987 -- Harry Reynolds
              44.403 -- 1988 -- Steve Lewis
              44.422 -- 2015 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.450 -- 1992 -- Steve Lewis
              44.481 -- 1987 -- Innocent Egbunike
              44.523 -- 1990 -- Roberto Hernández
              44.535 -- 2013 -- Kirani James
              44.542 -- 2009 -- LaShawn Merritt
              44.544 -- 1990 -- Danny Everett
              44.552 -- 1993 -- Harry Reynolds

              Still a pretty good year for Kerley.
              Last edited by mcgato; 10-01-2017, 05:31 PM.

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              • #8
                LaShawn Merritt truly lived up to his fantastic youth potential. Not easy to do in this event.

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                • #9
                  Evans ran -
                  43.86 68OG
                  44.06 68OT
                  44.83 68OGsf
                  44.95 67 PAG
                  44.97 68OTsf
                  45.06* 69NCAA
                  45.17 68SFOT
                  45.40 68OGht
                  45.54 68OGqf
                  45.59 68OGqf

                  So his average is 44.943

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