William Augustus III BANKS

United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesLos Angeles 1984
Year of Birth1956


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).

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