Together with athletes like Carl Lewis, he was part of the 4×100 relay that won gold at the 1983 Helsinki World Cup with a world record
Or tra tragedy in the world of American athletics, who is living convulsive hours with two world champions killed in just a few hours. The death of former weight thrower Jacks Hunter , world champion of the specialty in Seville ’99 and ex-husband of Marion Jones, is joined by former sprinter Emmit King .
King, 62, died in a hospital shortly after a shooting Sunday, said Waid William Yates, deputy chief medical examiner for Jefferson County, Alabama. Another man, Willie Wells , 60, died at the scene, Yates added.
Eyewitnesses to the incident claimed that the couple was arguing when each grabbed a gun and shot the other .
King participated in the first World Athletics World Cup in history, Helsinki in 1983, winning a gold in the 4×100 relay – it was the first post – and a bronze in the 100 meters , a test in which the United States took the podium with Carl Lewis, Calvin Smith, and Kiing himself . In the short relay, the Americans also achieved the world record with 37.86 seconds.
Born in Bessemer, Alabama, he was a reserve in the 4×100 relay at the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympics but did not compete. This last year he signed his best record in the hectometer with 10.04.
He was also university champion in 1983 and Pan-American bronze in San Juan 1979. Always in the 100 meters.