|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||William Augustus "Willie"•Banks, III|
|Born||11 March 1956 in Travis Air Force Base, California (USA)|
|Measurements||190 cm / 77 kg|
|Affiliations||Mazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)|
A four-time TAC triple jump champion (1980-81, 83, 85), in 1985 Willie Banks won that meet with 17.97 (58-11½) to become the first American since Daniel Ahearn in 1911 to set a triple jump world record. Banks had a long career internationally, first representing the US at the 1977 Universiade (3rd). He won that event in 1979 and was 1985 World Cup champion, and won two silver medals at the Pan American Games (1979, 1987) and was runner up at the 1983 World Championships. He became a lawyer, but still competed, and was known as “The Bounding Barrister”.
Personal Bests: HJ – 2.08 (6-10) (1977); LJ – 8.11 (26-7¼) (1981); TJ – 17.97 (58-11½) (1985).
|1984 Summer Olympics||Athletics||Triple Jump, Men||Olympic||6||Representing United States|
|1988 Summer Olympics||Athletics||Triple Jump, Men||Olympic||6||Representing United States|