Carlos bets with Thomas that he cant clear 6 ft in the high jump. Thomas then went home and got his tennis shoes. He then came back to see Carlos with the bar up at 6.6 ft.
He wins the bet and goes to track coach and Carlos says "he can jump over 7 feet!"Then the track coach invites him to come to the next meet. He then breaks the field house record clearing 7 ft. He then qualifies for the common wealth games.
2 months later he competes in the common wealth games in Australia, and competes against the best high jumpers in the world. Places 4th while wearing tennis shoes. Thomas thought that he got 3rd, because he dint understand how tiebreakers work.
After 8 months of training he went to Osaka world champion ships while wearing pole vault shoes. While he started on the infield, the others started on the running track. Thomas missed his first jump, while his competitor Holm progressed easily.
Thomas caught up where Holm and a few other competitors were and he cleared 7.85 ft on his first attempt with out the proper form. Holm started struggling, then eventually failed. Thomas was then crowned the 2007 world champion and could have shattered the world record if he had used the proper form.
In 2008 Masaki Ishikawa examined Thomas and found out that he had a giant Achilles heel. He then explains how if the tendon is longer and stiffer, then more energy can be stored and can propel the person higher. Training is important but genes have the potential to be a lot more important. " Ishikawa says that while it appears that an individual can increase tendon stiffness by training, there is also evidence that stiffness is partly influenced by an individual's in making collagen, a protein in the body that builds ligaments and tendons" (Epstein 8).