Tristan Thomas

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Tristan Thomas
Personal information
Born (1986-05-23) 23 May 1986 (age 28)
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Country Australia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400m Hurdles

Tristan Thomas (born 23 May 1986 in Brisbane) is an Australian athlete specialising in the 400 metres hurdles.[3]

Currently coached by Craig Hilliard at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Thomas has set personal bests over a diverse range of distances and has been nationally ranked over 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres and 400m Hurdles in various athletics season in Australia.[4] Thomas is a 4 time National Champion of the 400 metres hurdles. He is the second best Australian of all time in this event and he is the Tasmanian holder. Thomas had displayed similar ability whilst in school, winning an unprecedented four gold medals in the above events at the 2003 Australian All Schools Championships.[5] He was selected to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was selected to compete in the 400 metres hurdles.[6] He finished 4th in heat four with a time of 49.13.[6] This qualified him for the semifinals.[6] He finished 7th in semifinal two with a time of 50.55. This did not qualify him for the next stage and this was the end of Thomas's competition. He has also competed in three World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013). He won bronze in 2009 in the 4 x 400 metres relay. Thomas competed in the 2006 commonwealth games but missed the 2010 competition due to injury. He was selected for the 2014 games but withdrew due to injury.[7] [8]


For primary school Tristan Thomas attended Corpus Christi in Hobart, Tasmania.[6] For high school Thomas attended St Virgils also in Hobart.[6] Thomas achieved a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce at the Australian National University.[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Performance Venue Date
100m 10.87 Canberra, Australia 1 November 2011
200m 21.32 Melbourne, Australia 14 March 2008
400m 45.86 Canberra, Australia 20 January 2009
800m 1:47.83 Melbourne, Australia 11 December 2008
400m Hurdles 48.68 Osaka, Japan 9 May 2009


Year 400 metres 400m Hurdles
2004 47.21 51.91
2005 47.11 51.30
2006 46.38 49.88
2007 46.66 -
2008 46.09 49.82
2009 45.86 49.61
2010 50.69
2011 46.64
2012 49.13
2013 49.56
2014 49.85


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
2004 Commonwealth Youth Games Bendigo, Australia 1st 400 m
1st Medley relay
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne 11th (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.56
World Cup Athens, Greece 7th 400 m hurdles
8th 4x400 m relay
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 400 m hurdles 48.75
1st 4x400 m relay 3:03.67
World Championships Berlin, Germany 14th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.76
1st 4x400 m relay 3:00.90
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:01.56
2012 Summer Olympics London, England 21st (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.55
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 18th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.91
8th 4 x 400 m relay 3:02.26


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