James King (athlete)

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James King
James King while coaching for Cuyamaca College
Personal information
Full nameJames King
Born (1949-05-09) May 9, 1949 (age 70)
CountryUnited States United States of America
Event(s)400 metres, 400 metres hurdles
College teamSan Diego State University

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 in 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984.

He was ranked in the Top 10 United States 400 meter hurdlers for ten consecutive years[1] most of it during the Edwin Moses and Andre Phillips era. He held the official World Masters Athletics World Record in the 400 hurdles for Men 40+[2] for over 20 years,[3] until it was surpassed in 2012 by Danny McFarlane. 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 Mesa College, then San Diego State University and has remained in the area, coaching at San Diego Mesa College, San Diego City College, Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College.[4] He is currently an assistant coach back at Mesa College.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/rankings/men/400husranking.pdf Track and Field News
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) WMA Records
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-07-22/sports/sp-3160_1_world-record L.A. Times July 22, 1989
  4. ^ http://www.cuyamaca.edu/track/pages_coach/king.asp Cuyamaca College bio
  5. ^ http://www.gosdmesa.com/sports/mtrack/coaches/index