In 2017, Sandro Viana quietly claimed M40 WR in 400: sub-47

Sandro ran at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

Sandro Viana of Brazil is a two-time Olympian and bronze 4×100 medalist from 2008 Beijing. Nearly 10 years later, he’s still in the elite game. But he needs a better publicist. On Wednesday, world-class stat-spotter Matt Bogdanowicz tipped me off to Sandro’s 400 time from last July. Four months after turning 40, Sandro ran a lap in a mind-boggling 46.96 seconds — becoming the first M40 to go sub-47 and crushing the listed WR of 47.81 by Italy’s Enrico Saraceni in 2004. Yowza! His PR appears to be 46.19 at age 35, according to his IAAF bio. At the dawn of masters track, the listed M40 WR was 49.7 by Britain’s John Dixon in 1973. If his DOB is confirmed and the July 1 meet in question validated, Sandro should get recognition as the new record-holder. Anyone speak Portuguese?

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April 25, 2018

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  1. Scott - April 26, 2018

    Here are the results for the meet (stage 3 of the São Bernardo do Campo Challenge)

  2. Matt B. - April 26, 2018

    Thanks Ken.
    He is running well and off to a good start this season. Maybe we will see a new M45 400 WR in a few years. Sub 48?

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