The Greatest Collegiate 400 Ever: Michael Norman Runs 43.61 To Defeat Akeem Bloomfield’s 43.94

June 8, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. — There has never been a better NCAA 400m race than this one.

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Indoor world record holder Michael Norman of USC remained undefeated at 400 in 2018 by winning the title in an NCAA record of 43.61 to defeat Akeem Bloomfield of Auburn who ran 43.94, becoming only the third collegian ever to go sub-44 in the NCAA season. To top it off Bloomfield’s teammate, Nathon Allen, ran 44.13 for third, a time only three collegians had bettered before today.

Michael Norman Wins Greatest Collegiate 400 EverRunning in the rain at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Bloomfield hit the homestretch right with Norman and Allen was almost dead-even as well. Norman was best down the final straight but he needed the huge PB (previous best 44.40) to get the win as Bloomfield and Allen, both of Jamaica, bettered Norman’s previous lifetime best.

QT: What a race and run
A tip of the cap goes to all 3 guys, but especially Norman. Norman beat Olympic champ Quincy Watts’ (Watts is Norman’s coach at USC) 44.00 meet record and Olympic champ Michael Johnson’s 43.74 Hayward Field record.

To top it off Norman and Bloomfield are both only 20 years old.


Place Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Michael NORMAN SO USC 43.61  PB   FR   MR   CR 
2 Akeem BLOOMFIELD SO Auburn 43.94  PB 
3 Nathon ALLEN SO Auburn 44.13  PB 
4 Mar’yea HARRIS JR Iowa 45.00
5 Tyrell RICHARD JR South Carolina St. 45.10
6 Obi IGBOKWE JR Arkansas 45.16
7 Kahmari MONTGOMERY JR Houston 45.75
8 Wil LONDON JR Baylor 46.20

Interview with Norman

Interview with Bloomfield

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