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Willie Banks

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWilliam Augustus "Willie"•Banks, III
Used nameWillie•Banks
Born11 March 1956 in Travis Air Force Base, California (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsMazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics Triple Jump, Men Olympic 6 Representing United States    
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics Triple Jump, Men Olympic 6 Representing United States    

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