Bo Hamburger
Years ago

Ex-hoopster wins high jump world champs

Anyone else catch SBS tonight and see highlights of Donald Thomas from the Bahamas win the men's high jump?

The backstory for this guy is verging on telemovie material:

- In January 2006 was hooping away in obscurity for Lindenwood University in the NAIA.

- Essentially on a dare by a mate, jumps 2.11m as a bit of a lark.

- Two days after that, in his first official competition, clears 2.23m wearing basketball shoes and shorts.

- 18-odd months later clears 2.35m to win world champs.

Couple of links about the guy here and here.


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Johnny Sack  
Years ago

Now THAT is a real fish out of water feel good story - not the beat up that was Eric "The Eel" in Sydney 2000 (which I have to say even as a young naive sports fan made me sick to my stomach)...

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Dam 2.35m is world class.

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