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Héctor Thomas

Full name: Héctor Thomas Martínez
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: October 10, 1938 in El Callao, Bolívar, Venezuela
Died: December 23, 2008
Country: VEN Venezuela
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Héctor Thomas was South America's best decathlete in the 1960s. Four times, he won the decathlon at the South American Championships (1963, 1965, 1969 and 1971). In 1963, he also added gold medals in the javelin and long jump, and he also won championship medals in the 100 m sprint, and the shot put. At the Pan American Games, Thomas faced opposition from the best US decathletes, but medalled twice, in 1963 (bronze) and 1967 (silver), after finishing fourth in 1959. At the 1963 Pan American Games he was also on the silver medal winning 4×100 metres relay team (with Horacio Esteves, Arquímedes Herrera, and Rafael Romero). Besides making the Venezuelan Olympic team twice, he also won the 1962 pentathlon title at the Central American and Caribbean Games, and the decathlon at the 1960 and 1962 editions of the Ibero American Games. Thomas, who died of cancer at age 70, was honoured with induction in the Venezuelan Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Personal Best: Dec – 7221 (1967).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Men's Decathlon Venezuela VEN 20
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Men's Decathlon Venezuela VEN AC DNF

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H T P(1962HT) P(1962T)
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Final Standings 20 5,753 6.188 6.227
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 100 metres 4T 870 786 812 11.1 11.22
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 100 metres Heat Eight 1 870 786 812 11.1 11.22
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Long jump 19 6.81 728 769
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Long jump Round One NP 6.15
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Long jump Round Two NP 6.55
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Long jump Round Three NP 6.81
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Shot put 13 13.42 712 693
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Shot put Round One NP 12.93
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Shot put Round Two NP 13.42
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Shot put Round Three NP 13.24
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela High jump 16T 711 585 1.75
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 400 metres 26 576 630 54.1
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 110 metre hurdles 20T 443 610 623 16.9 17.01
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 110 metre hurdles Heat One 4 443 610 623 16.9 17.01
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Discus throw 8 40.77 648 680
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Discus throw Round One NP 31.33
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Discus throw Round Two NP 40.77
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Discus throw Round Three NP foul
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Pole vault 22T 400 406 3.20
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Javelin throw 16 51.15 549 606
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Javelin throw Round One NP 51.15
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Javelin throw Round Two NP foul
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela Javelin throw Round Three NP foul
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Venezuela 1,500 metres 23 116 423 5:25.2
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela Final Standings AC DNF
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 100 metres 1T =OB 874 10.7 879
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 100 metres Heat Three 1 =OB 874 10.7 879
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela Long jump 5T 7.00 814 820
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela Shot put 16 12.42 632 627
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela High jump 13T 585 1.75 634
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 400 metres 16 745 51.4 744
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 400 metres Heat Four 4 745 51.4 744
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 110 metre hurdles 18 631 16.7 685
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 4 631 16.7 685
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Venezuela Discus throw 14 38.43 633 654
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