James King (born May 9, 1949) is an American hurdler. In 1975 he won the Pan American Games in the 400 Hurdles. He was a top level performer for many years also competing in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) in 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984. He was ranked in the Top 10 United States 400 meter hurdlers for ten consecutive years most of it during the Edwin Moses and Andre Phillips era. He currently holds the World Masters Athletics World Record in the 400 hurdles for Men 40+ which he has held for over 20 years He also held the World Record for the M35 and M40 400 metres (without hurdles) for almost 15 years each.
King competed collegiately for San Diego State University and has remained in the area, coaching at San Diego Mesa College, San Diego City College, Grossmont College and is currently at Cuyamaca College.