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Thomas was sitting in the cafeteria and was bragging about how high he could jump. His friend, Carlos Mattis got fed up with him bragging and made a bet that he could not jump over 6 feet. Thomas agreed to the bet and could prove it.(Epstein 5)
They met at the track where Carlos set up the bar at 6'6''. Thomas only agreed to jump over the bar was to prove that he could jump high. He ran towards the bar and jumped over it and cleared it easily.(Epstein 5)
Carlos was shocked that he ran to the office to see the head track coach Lane Lohr. He told him that he found a seven-foot high jumper but the coach didn't believe him. So he asked Thomas if he wanted to go to a track meeting and see if he could qualify for the national championships.(Epstein 5)
Few days later he went to the track meeting and cleared 6'8.25'' on his first attempt, making him qualify for the national championship. Then he cleared 7'0.25'' beat the record for Lindenwood University. On his seventh high jump he cleared 7'3.25'' and beat the record for Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse. The coach was surprised and worried for Thomas because he didn't know how to properly land so he forced him to stop out of concern that he might hurt himself. (Epstein 5,6)
In August 2007, Thomas trained for eight months of high jumping that he traveled to Osaka for the World Championship. As he was jumping with other contestants and that he made it to the top. The guy who thought high jump ''king of boring'' was crowned the 2007 world championship. (Epstein 6, 7)
''A scientist at the Neuromuscular Research center at the University of Jyvaskyla wanted to examine Thomas.'' Thomas height was at ten and a quarter inches he was pretty tall for a person like him. The scientist says, '' the longer and stiffer the Achilles tendon, the more elastic energy it can store when compressed. all the better to rocket the owner into the air.'' (Epstein 7)
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