Donald Thomas (athlete)

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Donald Thomas
Osaka07 D5A Donald Thomas celebrating.jpg
Donald Thomas celebrating in Osaka 2007
Personal information
Nationality  Bahamian
Born (1984-07-01) 1 July 1984 (age 30)
Freeport, Bahamas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
College team Auburn Tigers

Donald Thomas (born 1 July 1984) is a Bahamian high jumper from Freeport, Bahamas.

Biography[edit]

Thomas took up the sport in early 2006, having previously played basketball at Lindenwood University.[1] He cleared 2.22 metres in his first meet, and just months later he placed second at the 2006 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with a height of 7-01.75 and finished fourth at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a 2.23 m jump.

In the 2007 indoor season he cleared 2.30 metres for the first time, and eventually jumped 2.33 metres in March in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[2] In July 2007 he cleared 2.35 metres on the world record track in Salamanca, Spain. The result was a new personal best and the world seasons best at the time.[1][3] He then won the World Championships in Osaka, again with a 2.35 jump. He also won gold at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final.[4]

The Olympic competition in 2008 however, turned out a major disappointment for Thomas, who only made 2.20 in the qualifying round and finished 21st overall.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Bahamas
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 4th 2.23 m
NACAC U23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2nd 2.21 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 4th 2.13 m
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 2.30 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 2.35 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 21st (q) 2.20 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 15th (q) 2.27 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 15th (q) 2.18 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st 2.28 m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 1st 2.32 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 2.20 m
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 1st 2.32 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 15th (q) 2.22 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 30th (q) 2.16 m
2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships Morelia, Mexico NM
World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 2.32 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland NM

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Valiente, Emeterio (2007-07-05). "2.35 World lead for Donald Thomas in Salamanca". IAAF.org. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ Dunaway, James (2007-03-11). "Thomas clears 2.33m, as Hastings blazes women’s 400 in 50.80 - NCAA Indoor Champs, Day 2". IAAF.org. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  3. ^ IAAF Top Lists High Jump 2007 (men)
  4. ^ Bahamian Thomas wins high jump gold on YouTube

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Russia Andrey Silnov
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside Stefan Holm, Yaroslav Rybakov and Kyriacos Ioannou

2007
Succeeded by
Russia Andrey Silnov