Donald thomas was bragging about his amazing dunk to some of the people on the track team. Carlos Mattis is tired of Donald Thomas' smack talk. Carlos bets Thomas in a high jumping competition. Thomas accepts the challenge.
Carlos set the bar at 6'6'' and waited for Thomas to jump over the bar and watch him fail. But, to Carlos' amazement, Thomas cleared it easily. Carlos then pushed the bar up to 6'8" and Thomas cleared 7 feet. Carlos rushed Thomas to the head track coach and told him he had a 7 ft high jumper.
The coach didn't believe Carlos when he said Thomas cleared 7ft. Coach asked Thomas if he wanted to go to track meet on Saturday. So, the coach called the meet organizer to let a late entry in. Thomas cleared 6'8.25" on his first attempt, making him qualify for championships. After that, he cleared 7'0.25" for a new Lindenwood University record.
Thomas made it so far that he went against the reigning Olympic high jumping champion Stefan Holms. Thomas cleared 7'3" then 7'5" , 7'6.5", all the way to 7'7.73". He flailing his legs and with his back nearly straight he cleared 7'8.5". He then makes it to the next round and beats Stefan Holms clearing the bar at 8'2" shattering the world record.
The Japanese television NHK asked Masaki Ishikawa, then a scientist at the Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, to examine Thomas. Studies show that Thomas has a giant Achilles Tendon causing him to jump higher, compared to Stefan Holms who has a normal sized Achilles Tendon. The Achilles tendon is basically a spring in the back of your calf that is why kangaroos can bounce around more economically for a longer time.