Leamon King

Leamon King ( born February 13, 1936 in Tulare, California, † 23 May 2001, Delano, California ) was an American sprinter who came into existence in the late 1950s. He ran a world record and won Olympic Gold.


In 1956, after his compatriots Willie Williams and Ira Murchison had screwed on 3 and 4 August in Berlin the world record for the 100 meters at 10.1 seconds, he became the third runner this power, namely twice: on 20 October 1956 in Ontario, and on October 27 in Santa Ana also evaluated it at 10.1 seconds.

At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 he won the 4 x 100 - meter relay as the second runner of the U.S. team ( Ira Murchison, Leamon King, Thane Baker and Bobby Morrow ) in a world record time of 39.5 seconds, the gold medal.

In 1957 he won the ISTAF in Berlin in the 100 and 200 m.

Leamon King started for the University of California at Berkeley. After ending his playing career he became a school teacher in Delano.