OSAKA, Japan, August 30, 2007 – Bahamian David Thomas yesterday gave the Bahamas its first ever medal at the world’s games – the 11th IAAF World Championship in athletics in Osaka, Japan.
Thomas wriggled over the bar at 2.35-m ahead of Vladimir Rybakov of Russia and Cypriot Kuriakos Iannou to secure a gold in the high jump. Thomas, 23, celebrated the win with a back-flip.
The Bahamian is only in his second year of serious competition in the high jump. In commenting on the win, Thomas said, “I always want to be on top. I took it like everyday competition. And it was a nice one, I hope people in Bahamas will celebrate even more than me.
“If somebody would clear 2.37 I would do the same, believe me. I never doubt in myself. I paid attention to Russians and Swedish jumpers. I have only 8 months of high jump training behind me. My first competition last year was 2.24 without spikes. Olympics is the next target and after more training and learning the event, the goal could be also the world record.”
Rybakov finished second on the countback while Ioannou of Cyprus came third.
Meanwhile, Jamaicans Novelene Williams and Delloreen Ennis-London had to settle for a bronze each in the women’s 400- and 100-m hurdles, respectively.
The Bahamas has two medals while Jamaica has four. They lead the pack of Caribbean nations, which include Cuba and the Dominican Republic. (Hardbeatnews)