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John Thomas

Full name: John Curtis Thomas
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: March 3, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 15, 2013 in Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

John Thomas began his track career at Rindge Technical High School in Boston. As a 17-year-old freshman at Boston University, John Thomas set a world indoor high jump record of 7-1¼ in 1959. He missed the rest of the 1959 season due to injury, but came back to show the best form of his life in 1960. In February 1960 he set indoor world records of 7-1½ at the Millrose Games and of 7-2 at the AAU Indoor Championships. At the 1960 Penn Relays he set an outdoor world record of 7-1½, but broke the mark several more times that season. He increased the world record to 7-1¾ at the New England AAU Meet, to 7-2 at the AAU Championships, and finally to 7-3¾ at the Final Olympic Trials. At the Rome Olympics, Thomas was the heaviest of favorites, but he finished behind two Soviets, Robert' Shavlaq'adze, who won the gold, and Valery Brumel. Before the 1964 Olympics, Brumel had usurped Thomas' title as the world's premier high jumper, and Brumel again defeated Thomas at Tokyo. Although Thomas did not succeed in winning an Olympic title, he had a fine competitive record. He won two AAU championships outdoors and five indoors, was twice NCAA champion, and for three years he won both the indoor and outdoor high jump at the IC4A meet. After retiring from active competition he took up a coaching appointment at Boston University but later became a regional sales manager for a major telephone company.

Personal Bests: HJ – 7-3¾ (2.229) (1960); LJ – 23-2¼ (7.07) (1962).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 3 Bronze OR
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 2 Silver OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 3 OR 2.14 1 1 5
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.00 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.00
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.03 metres 12 p 0 0 1 2.00
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.06 metres 1 o 0 0 2 2.06
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.09 metres 1 o 0 0 3 2.09
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.12 metres 4 p 0 0 3 2.09
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.14 metres 2 =OR xo 1 1 5 2.14
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2.16 metres 3 xxx 1 1 5 2.14
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 2.00 0 0 1
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2.00 metres 1 o 0 0 1 2.00
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2 OR 2.18 0 4 12
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.00 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.00
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.03 metres 2T o 0 0 2 2.03
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.06 metres 4T o 0 0 3 2.06
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.09 metres 3T o 0 0 4 2.09
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.12 metres 4T xo 1 1 6 2.12
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.14 metres 5 xxo 2 3 9 2.14
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.16 metres 2 =OR xo 1 4 11 2.16
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.18 metres 2 OR o 0 4 12 2.18
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2.20 metres 2 xxx 0 4 12 2.18
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6 QU 2.06 0 1 4
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2.00 metres 20 xo 1 1 2 2.00
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2.03 metres 7 o 0 1 3 2.03
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2.06 metres 6 o 0 1 4 2.06