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Willie Banks sets a New American Senior Record in the Triple Jump (M60-64)

With long jump world record holder Mike Powell cheering him on, Willie Banks thrice beat the listed M60 American record in the triple jump Saturday at Caltech. Competing in the Pasadena Senior Games, Banks did 12.51 (41-0 1/2) (a correction from earlier post) on his second of four tries. His third attempt was a scratch, but the first and fourth were 12.05 and 12.08 (about). His best effort beat the 34-year-old (!) record of 11.96 (39-3) by the late, great Tom Patsalis. Banks was going for the WR of 12.68 (41-7 1/4) by cklund in 2000. But there’s more! A half-hour after the triple jump concluded in low-90s temps, Willie walked over to the high jump, saw the event was still going on, and proceeded to clear 1.61, 1.66 and 1.71 (just under his recent AR of 1.73), all while wearing a backward ballcap. Then he had the bar set at a world record 1.82 (5-11 1/2) and had two good efforts at straddling it. Pasadena results are here. (Cited from a post by

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