Michael Franks (athlete)

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Michael Franks
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Helsinki 400 m
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Indianapolis 400 m
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1985 Canberra 400 m
Gold medal – first place 1985 Canberra 4×400 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1987 Zagreb 400 m

Michael "Mike" Franks (born September 23, 1963) is a former American track and field athlete who competed in the 400-meter dash.

He was the silver medalist in the event at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics.[1] He was given the Harrison Dillard Award in 1984 for his achievements.[2] While attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he took the 400 m title at the 1985 NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship.[3] That same year he took the gold medal at the 1985 IAAF Grand Prix Final and two further golds at the 1985 IAAF World Cup in the 400 m and 4×400-meter relay events.[4] He was the fastest athlete of 1985 over 400 m with his personal best time of 44.47 seconds.[5]

He competed at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships and secured the bronze medal behind Antonio McKay and Roberto Hernández.[6] Turning to the outdoor season, he won at the 1987 Summer Universiade, taking the 400 m students' title.[7] He was selected as an alternate for the 4×400 m relay at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and helped set a championship record of 2:59.06 in the semi-finals (which was later improved upon when the Americans took gold in the event final.[8][9]


  1. ^ Franks Michael. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  2. ^ Harrison Dillard Award. USATF. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  3. ^ NCAA DIVISION I INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  4. ^ IAAF GRAND PRIX FINAL. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  5. ^ Listo Anno. Atletica. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  6. ^ IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  7. ^ WORLD STUDENT GAMES (UNIVERSIADE - MEN). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  8. ^ Results - 4 X 400 METRES - Men - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  9. ^ Results - 4 X 400 METRES - Men - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.

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