In the beginning of the story Thomas was bragging about his slam prowess with the people on the track team. Mattis was annoyed by Thomas cocky attitude, so Carlos bet Thomas couldn't beat him in a high jump of 6'6"."
Thomas goes home and grabbed a pair of sneakers and returned to Linderwood field house.
2 MONTHS LATER....
He sees smirking Mattis on the track field on the track Mattis was then surprised when Thomas cleared the bet and followed through with it
Surprised Mattis referred him to the head track coach then got approved for a late entry in the next track meet.
Two months later Thomas competed in the common wealth games in Australia and placed 4th, in the world class field. After that Thomas competed and traveled to Osaka for the world championship. He advanced easily to the reigning Olympic champion. From there Thomas accomplished many more.
Thomas's long legs related him to his height. And also he was gifted with a giant's Achilles Tendons. Thomas raised his center of mass 8'2". He was crowed 2007 world champion.