Willie Banks

William Augustus Banks, III (born March 11, 1956) is an American athlete. Born at Travis Air Force Base, California, he grew up in San Diego County and went to Oceanside High School. Banks is an Eagle Scout.[1]

Willie Banks
Willie Banks Seoul 1988

Medal record
Representing the  United States
Men's athletics
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Helsinki Triple jump
Sportpressefest 1984 in der Ostseehalle (Kiel 74.845) (cropped)
Willie Banks (1984)

Track and Field

Banks was a track & field athlete competing in the triple jump. On June 16, 1985 he set a world record of 17.97 m (58 feet 11.5 inches) at the national championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He finished second in the NCAA Championships in 1977 and 1978. He earned his B.A. and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from UCLA, but was unable to pass the bar exam. He broke the American triple jump record in 1981. He qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but did not compete due to the U.S. Olympic Committee's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. He was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead.[2] Banks was a member of the 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams and participated with the 1983 and 1987 IAAF World Championships in Athletics World Championship teams. He was awarded the Track & Field News and United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year in 1985 and won the Jesse Owens Award as the Outstanding Athlete in Track and Field.[3]

He served USA Track & Field as chair of the Athletes Advisory Committee in addition to serving as an organization vice president.

Banks will always be remembered as one of the most flamboyant athletes to compete in track and field. He is the originator of the now common hand clapping that takes place during many track and field events.[4] His exuberant personality was also present in his jumping. He has been reported as laughing during some of his jumps. When he set the world record of 17.97 m at the 1985 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, his attention seemed more intent on completing his jump in order to cheer for teammate Louise Romo who was completing her 800 metres on the track adjacent to the runway at the same time.[5][6] He held that record for over ten years until Jonathan Edwards broke it for the first time in 1995 with 17.98m. He also jumped 18.20m at Indianapolis in 1988, but this was assisted by an over the limit wind reading of 5.2 m/s.

Hall of Fame

Banks was inducted into the USA National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1999 and was still competing at an advanced age. In 2006, he cleared an impressive 14.00 m to head the 2006 World Masters rankings in the 50–54 age group, just 7 cm behind that age-group's world record. He won the 2007 World Masters Athletics Championships in that same age group. On September 22, 2012, Banks became the oldest American to clear 6 feet in the High Jump at the age of 56 using just a 3-step approach and the classic "roll" technique.[7] For that performance, Banks was named the USATF Athlete of the Week.[8]

US Olympians Association

Banks was President of the US Olympians Association from 2005 to 2008.[9] In 2008 he joined the newly reconstituted USATF Board of Directors.[10] Banks was on a panel on an ESPN "Outside the Lines" episode regarding athlete involvement in social issues, dated May 18, 2008.

ANOC 2019 World Beach Games

Banks serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organizing Committee of ANOC 2019 World Beach Games San Diego 2019, the inaugural World Beach Games.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ "Fact Sheet Eagle Scouts". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  2. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  3. ^ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/Annual-Awards/TF/JesseOwensAward.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.thetriplejump.com/willie-banks-17.97-m.html
  5. ^ Litsky, Frank (June 17, 1985). "Banks Triple Jumps To World Record". The New York Times.
  6. ^ http://www.upi.com/Archives/1985/06/16/Willie-Banks-smashed-the-world-record-in-the-triple/6389487742400/
  7. ^ http://masterstrack.com/2012/09/23411/
  8. ^ http://www.usatf.org/News/Banks-named-Athlete-of-the-Week.aspx
  9. ^ U.S. Olympians Association
  10. ^ http://www.usatf.org/about/committees/BoardOfDirectors/ USATF Board of Directors
  11. ^ https://awbgsandiego.com/ World Beach Games 2019 San Diego
  12. ^ https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/2016/10/20/willie-banks-heads-downsized-staging-of-2019-world-beach-games/

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Preceded by
Brazil João Carlos de Oliveira
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1985-06-16 – 1995-07-18
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Jonathan Edwards
1905–06 Manchester City F.C. season

The 1905–06 season was Manchester City F.C.'s fifteenth season of league football and third consecutive season in the top flight of English football.

At the end of the season, Manchester City were investigated by the FA for allegations of awarding players bonuses, which was at the time against FA regulations. Consequently, the club were found guilty and seventeen players were fined, suspended from football until 1 January 1907 and were banned from representing Man City in future. The club was forced to shed most of its players, including its best performers and early club legends such as Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and Billie Gillespie. Though several players followed guidance and moved to Manchester United (then not a rival but a fellow community club) or other league clubs, Gillespie refused to play his fine and instead moved to America. In addition to this, manager Tom Maley was banned from football for life, and left the club.

1983 World Championships in Athletics – Men's triple jump

These are the official results of the men's triple jump event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total of 27 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on 8 August 1983.

1985 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

The 1985 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships took place between June 15-17 at IUPUI Track and Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The meet was organized by The Athletics Congress. The decathlon and heptathlon were held the two days after the main meet. Marathon National Championships were held at the California International Marathon in December.

The most notable event at this meet was Willie Banks' world record in the triple jump. The jump occurred almost by accident as the always exuberant Banks took his attempt and rushed out of the pit in order to cheer for his Athletics West teammate Louise Romo, who was finishing her 800 meters race.

1987 World Championships in Athletics – Men's triple jump

These are the official results of the Men's Triple Jump event at the 1987 IAAF World Championships in Rome, Italy. There were a total of 32 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Monday August 31, 1987.

1988 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)

The 1988 United States Olympic Trials for track and field were held at IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the only time this venue has been used for the Olympic Trials. With the 2013 installation of Field Turf, it is unlikely to host the event again. Organised by The Athletics Congress (TAC), the nine-day competition lasted from July 15–23. The national championships in track and field for the United States was a separate event that year, held a week earlier in Tampa, Florida, the last time the Olympic Trials were not also the National Championships. The Women's Marathon Olympic Trials were held on May 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Men's Marathon Trials were in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 24. That same day, the 50K Racewalk trials were held adjacent to the stadium.

The results of the event determined qualification for the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics held two and a half months later in Seoul, South Korea.This meet is memorable as the site of Florence Griffith Joyner's world record 10.49 in the 100 metres. The record race, in the quarterfinal round, has been questioned because of the wind reading of 0.0 even though video of the race shows flags extended in the background. About the same time on a parallel runway, the final round of the Men's Triple Jump was being conducted. Willie Banks jumped 18.20 m (59 ft 8 1⁄2 in) on his last attempt with a +5.2 wind reading, That jump has only been surpassed three times by two individuals. Over the four rounds, Flojo ran three separate races that are faster than any woman has ever run, except for her own, wind aided 10.54 +3.0 to win the 1988 Olympics.

This meet also had the only race where five men have run under 48 seconds for 400 metres hurdles.

1995 World Championships in Athletics – Men's triple jump

These are the official results of the Men's Triple Jump event at the 1995 IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. There were a total number of 44 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Monday August 7, 1995.

Almost three weeks before this championship, Jonathan Edwards had just marginally improved upon Willie Banks' ten year old world record (17.97m), by jumping 17.98m in Salamanca. In the preliminary round he was not even the #1 qualifier, edged out by Jérôme Romain. On his first trip down the runway in the final, Edwards became the first athlete in the world to jump further than 18 metres without wind assistance, registering a world record jump of 18.16 m. In his second jump, he jumped even further, setting a new world record of 18.29 m (60 ft 0 in), the first jump one 60 feet and a .31 m (1 ft 0 in) improvement over his previous world record. 67 cm further than silver medal winner Brian Wellman. It took more than 20 years for Christian Taylor to become the first man to jump beyond Edwards' first record.

Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

The Men's triple jump competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 16–17. With the best athletes jumping at high altitude in the Olympics, the world record was set multiple times. Prior to the event, Józef Szmidt had held the world record for eight years and also held the Olympic record since the previous Olympics.

The world and Olympic record were smashed in the qualifying round by Giuseppe Gentile, with a 17.10 on his second attempt (after fouling the first).

The following day in the final, Gentile improved upon his record in the first round, jumping 17.22. In the third round, Viktor Saneyev improved upon the record by one centimeter. In the fifth round Nelson Prudêncio took the lead and the record. On his last attempt, Saneyev hit the winner and new record of 17.39 m (57 ft 1⁄2 in).

The record lasted for three years until it was improved upon by Pedro Pérez, also set at high altitude. One year later, Saneyev brought the record down to sea level with a 17.44 that lasted 3 years. In 1975 in this same stadium, João Carlos de Oliveira made a .45 m (1 ft 5 1⁄2 in) "beamonesque" improvement to the record that held for almost 10 years. The record was brought down to sea level by Willie Banks in 1985.

During the competition, five men exceeded the previous world record though Art Walker and Nikolay Dudkin's jumps were wind aided. Phil May and Szmidt jumped further than his Olympic record in sixth and seventh place respectively.

Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

The Men's triple jump event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 45 competitors, with two qualifying groups (45 jumpers) before the final (12) took place on Saturday September 24, 1988.

Banks of the Ohio

"Banks of the Ohio", also known as "Down on the Banks of the Ohio", is a 19th-century murder ballad, written by unknown authors, in which "Willie" invites his young lover for a walk during which she rejects his marriage proposal. Once they are alone on the river bank, he murders the young woman.

Billy Banks (singer)

For other persons named William Banks, see William Banks

For other persons named Willie Banks, see Willie BanksBilly Banks (c. 1908 – October 19, 1967, Tokyo, Japan) was an American jazz singer. Banks is most prominently remembered for being a successful female impersonator on record.

Banks recorded in 1932 with an all-star, multi-racial jazz lineup made up of Red Allen on trumpet, Pee Wee Russell on clarinet, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Joe Sullivan on piano, Zutty Singleton on drums, and Fats Waller, also on piano; most of the black musicians were from Luis Russell's retinue, while the white ones had been brought to the studio by producer Irving Mills. The vocals were once thought to have been performed by Una Mae Carlisle, but Banks is the actual vocalist.

Banks worked with Russell as a showman and vocalist, and later worked with Noble Sissle. He later performed in cabarets under Billy Rose, then toured Europe, Australia, and East Asia in the 1950s. One of his last recordings was done in Denmark in 1954 with Cy Laurie. Late in the 1950s, he relocated to Japan, and died there in Tokyo in 1967.

Carol Cady

Carol Therese Cady (born June 6, 1962 in Los Alamos, New Mexico) is a retired female shot putter and discus thrower from the United States. She competed for her native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1984. During the 1980s Cady was one of the first women to compete in hammer throw. Cady was on the track team while a student at Stanford University.

Jadel Gregório

Jadel Abdul Ghani Gregório (born 16 September 1980 in Jandaia do Sul, Paraná) is a Brazilian athlete competing in long jump and triple jump. Based in São Paulo, he has competed in several international championships since 2001. His jump of 17.90m is the South American and Brazilian record and ranks him tied for eighth best ever.

He was a competitor for Brazil in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Chinese hosts constructed an extension to his bed to accommodate his 2.03 meter (6 ft 8 in) frame.After marrying Samara Abdul Ghani, his Lebanese physiotherapist, in 2005 Gregório converted to Islam and changed his legal name to Jadel Abdul Ghani Gregório. Samara has since given birth to their first child, Jade, and to their second child, Sahara.In Brazil Grand Prix of athletics, organized in Belém, of May 28, 2007, Jadel Gregório broke the record South-American and Brazilian of triple jump, obtaining a mark 17.90 meters. This Jump transformed Jadel in 6º Best Athlete of history of proof in season, behind only Jonathan Edwards (18,29m), Kenny Harrison (18,09m), Willie Banks (17,97m), Khristo Markov (17,92m) e James Beckford (17,92m).

Jim Heiring

James Anthony Heiring (born November 4, 1955) is a retired male race walker from the United States, who competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics during his career, starting in 1984.

Mykola Musiyenko

Mykola Musiyenko (Ukrainian: Микола Мусієнко, Russian: Николай Мусиенко – Nikolay Musiyenko; born 16 December 1959) is a Ukrainian former triple jumper who represented the Soviet Union and later Ukraine. He won four medals for the Soviet Union at the European Indoor Championships, being the champion in both 1983 and 1989. He competed at the 1989 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but failed to record a valid mark in the final. He was also a finalist at the 1986 European Athletics Championships. He was a bronze medallist at the 1986 Goodwill Games, held on home soil in Moscow.He set his personal best mark of 17.78 m (58 ft 4 in) at the Brothers Znamensky Memorial in Leningrad in 1986. This mark is a former European record and made him the fourth best jumper ever at the time (after Willie Banks, João Carlos de Oliveira and Charles Simpkins). The European mark was beaten later that year by Bulgarian Khristo Markov and it remained the Soviet national record until 1990, when it was beaten by Vladimir Inozemtsev. As of January 2017, Musiyenko remains second on the Ukrainian lists after Inozemtsev and within the twenty best outdoor triple jumpers on the all-time lists.He was twice national champion at the Soviet Indoor Athletics Championships, taking the title in 1982 and 1986 – both with meet record performances. At the Soviet Athletics Championships outdoors, his best finish was third, which he achieved at the 1981 and 1987 meets.

Triple jump

The triple jump, sometimes referred to as the hop, step and jump or the hop, skip and jump, is a track and field event, similar to the long jump. As a group, the two events are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". The competitor runs down the track and performs a hop, a bound and then a jump into the sand pit. The triple jump was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympics event since the Games' inception in 1896.

According to IAAF rules, "the hop shall be made so that an athlete lands first on the same foot

as that from which he has taken off; in the step he shall land on the

other foot, from which, subsequently, the jump is performed."The current male and female world record holders are Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain, with a jump of 18.29 m (60 ft 0 in), and Inessa Kravets of Ukraine, with a jump of 15.50 m (50 ft 10 in). Both records were set during 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.

Willie Banks (American football)

Willie Green Banks (March 17, 1946 – June 1989) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and New England Patriots. He played college football at Alcorn State University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1968 NFL Draft.

Willie Banks (baseball)

Willie Anthony Banks (born February 27, 1969) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.

At St. Anthony's High School, he twice struck out 19 batters in a seven inning game.Banks was a member of the 1991 World Series champion Minnesota Twins and the 1995 National League Western Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

In nine seasons he had a 33-39 record over 181 games, with 84 games started, 1 complete game, 1 shutout, 40 games finished, 2 saves, 610 ⅓ innings pitched, 632 hits allowed, 370 runs allowed, 322 earned runs allowed, 65 home runs allowed, 302 walks allowed, 428 strikeouts, 15 hit batsmen, 41 wild pitches, 2,717 batters faced, 16 intentional walks, 10 balks and a 4.75 ERA.

Willie is now part of the Toms River Sports Academy (TRSA) in Toms River. He has been instructing and coaching young athletes for the past 8 years. Willie offers individual or groups lessons at the Sports Academy. He has also been instrumental in assisting the TRSA coaching staff to bring 8 teams to championships, winning 6 of the 8 within a 6 year period.

Willie Banks (disambiguation)

Willie Banks may refer to:

Willie Banks, American track and field athlete

Willie Banks (baseball), pitcher in Major League Baseball

Willie Banks (American football), offensive lineman in the National Football League

Willie Banks (musician) (1929-1993), American musician

Willie Banks (musician)

Willie Banks (May 11, 1929 – February 1, 1993), was an American gospel musician and originator of his backing band, The Messengers.

Banks started the Messengers in 1972 after he left The Jackson Southernaires. While with the Jackson Southernaires, Banks made his first big hit on Peacock Records with the song "Too Late". His first song with The Messengers in 1972 was "Heaven Must Be A Beautiful Place", also on Peacock Records. A String of "Chittlin Circuit" hits was released on HSE Records. His first major hit was "Things I Can't Change" in 1974. His super hit was "For The Wrong I've Done" for which he was nominated for a Grammy in 1980. Banks stayed with HSE Records until they changed their name to Black Label. Three projects were released on this label. Willie Banks moved over to Malaco Records in the mid 80's. He penned "Look at the Blessings" in 1986 with Malaco. He would release thirteen albums with them, four of them placing on the Billboard magazine Top Gospel Albums chart: For The Wrong I Done (1978), Mother Why (1980), The Legend Lives On (1992) and 1993's The Best of Willie Banks, which was released posthumously.

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