Leamon King (1936–2001) won an Olympic gold medal for the 4x100-meter relay at the 1956 Melbourne games. Born in Tulare, California, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (1957), where he was the world record holder in the 100-yard dash (a record that stood for more than two decades), 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter relay, and 880-yard relay. In 1987, he was inducted into the California Athletics Hall of Fame. He spent 28 years as a teacher in California, where he had spent his youth, and died from a heart attack at age 65 in Delano, California.
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