Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet


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Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby TrackCEO » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:19 pm

Willie Banks at 56 is shown clearing 1.68, 1.73, 1.78, record 1.83 and almost making 1.88 off a three-step straddle approach at the San Diego Senior Games today at Mesa College.

Check out my video:
http://patch.com/A-xZkH

He says he lost 20 pounds since January, making the record attempt possible. He beat a recent 1.80 by Jim Barrineau at USATF masters nationals in Lisle, Illinois.

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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby Anthony Treacher » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:56 pm

Inspiring because some time back Willie Banks had practically given up because of "wonkey knees." How did Willie get over his knee problems?
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby TrackCEO » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:04 pm

Willie has been jumping for at least five years as a masters athlete, and that includes the TJ. He even triple-jumped at the San Diego Senior Games, but took only three tries, I think. He was focusing on the HJ record.
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby Marlow » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:53 am

TrackCEO wrote:off a three-step straddle approach

:shock: :shock: :shock:
6-4 with a full flop approach, Willie!!! [or won't the knees take it?]
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby Dietmar239 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:31 am

Willie has some definite international competition from a certain high jump specialist by the name of Carlo Thranhardt :D . Cleared 6'1.5" and is just really getting started. He is 55. BTW, outdoor mark fellas :wink: .

http://masterstrack.com/2012/08/23210/
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby br » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:47 pm

Dietmar239 wrote:Willie has some definite international competition from a certain high jump specialist by the name of Carlo Thranhardt :D . Cleared 6'1.5" and is just really getting started. He is 55. BTW, outdoor mark fellas :wink: .

http://masterstrack.com/2012/08/23210/


Willie Banks was born March 11, 1956 (56 years 198 days).
http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographie ... index.html
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby nicest person ever » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:12 pm

By the way, just a fun question for the stat masters on here, I'm curious:

What's the age record for oldest person to clear 7 feet?
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby 18.99s » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:26 am

nicest person ever wrote:By the way, just a fun question for the stat masters on here, I'm curious:

What's the age record for oldest person to clear 7 feet?

Dragutin Topic, who cleared 2.28m (7' 5.75")this year at 41.
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Re: Willie Banks becomes oldest American to clear 6 feet

Postby Marlow » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:28 am

18.99s wrote:Dragutin Topic, who cleared 2.28m (7' 5.75")this year at 41.

Which is, of course, absolutely ABSURD. On the age-graded tables (don't ask!) that must be a 9-foot jump!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:
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