Bill Alley

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrancis William "Bill"•Alley
Used nameBill•Alley
Born20 April 1936 in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 101 kg
AffiliationsKansas Jayhawks, Lawrence (USA)
NOC United States


Bill Alley was a javelin thrower at the University of Kansas and Syracuse University. He was NCAA Champion in 1959-60 (for Kansas), 1956 IC4A Champion for Syracuse), and was twice runner-up at the AAU Meet (1961-62). At the 1959 Texas Relays in Austin, Alley threw 82.33 m to break the American record for the javelin. In 1960 he was runner-up at the US Olympic Trials to make the Olympic team, although shortly before the Olympics, at the Meet of Champions in Houston, he threw his all-time PR of 83.46. In July 1960, at a meet in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Alley had a recorded throw of 86.46, which bettered the existing world record, but it was never ratified, because the field was not level.

Alley became an inventor. He moved to Vermont in 1969 and founded Research Engineering Corporation, his company that manufactured multiple items, especially track & field equipment and his own inventions, but also fishing poles and medical devices.

Personal Best: JT – 83.46 (273-10) (1960)


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Alley
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 23 r1/2