Bahamian Olympian: Donald Thomas [videos & photos]
  
Monday, 04 August 2008 12:32


Donald ThomasDonald Thomas (born 1 July 1984) is a Bahamian high jumper.

Thomas took up the sport in early 2006, having previously played basketball. He cleared 2.22 metres in his first meet, and just months later he 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. 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. He then won the World Championships in Osaka, again with a 2.35 jump.

The Bahamian record currently belongs to Troy Kemp with 2.38 metres.

Thomas is representing the Bahamas in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. These two online videos and the photo gallery link below show some of his past accomplishments on his road to the Olympics.

 


(Posted online July 6, 2007) Donald Thomas of the Bahamas, showing his early days as a B-ball player and how he has become the highest jumper in the world this year.


 


(Posted online August 29, 2007) Donald Thomas wins high jump gold at IAAF. Relative newcomer Don Thomas won the high jump title clearing 2.35 meters on his first attempt. Yaroslav Rybakov of Russia and Kyriakos Ioannou of Cyprus also cleared 2.35 meters, but needed two tries to do so. (WCSN, WCSN.com)

 

Donald Thomas photo gallery

Click here to view Donald Thomas' ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY [NBC] 

More about Donald Thomas

Making his first Olympic apperance for the Bahamas after winning a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships with a jump of 2.35 meters. Also took the gold medal at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final with a leap of 2.32m. Was fourth in the high jump at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia with a jump of 2.23 meters. Has hit his personal best of 2.35 meters twice in his career. Took up the sport in 2006 after previously playing basketball at Lidenwood University. First attempted the high jump at Lindenwood on a dare made in the school cafeteria. After clearing seven feet on the dare, he was made a member of the Lindedwood track and field team where he went on to earn NAIA All-America honors in 2006. After completing his accounting and marketing degrees at Lindenwood, he went to Auburn Univeristy to pursue a masters in finance and joined the Auburn track and field team for the 2007 season. Holds Auburn high jump indoor (7 feet-7.75 inches) and outdoor (7-8) records. 2007 SEC indoor and outdoor champion in the high jump. Two-time All-American. 2007 NCAA Indoor Champion and third-place finisher at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Born July 1, 1984. Is the cousin of Auburn University assistant coach Henry Rolle. Was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters during the team's annual draft on July 2 and is invited to the team's camp in the fall to compete for a spot on the team.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Auburn Univeristy web site, YouTube