July 5, 2007
Salamanca, Spain -
Donald Thomas, who won the high jump for Auburn at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, set the top mark in the world this year when he cleared 2.35m (7-8.5) at the 35th Gran Premio Diputación de Salamanca on Wednesday.
Thomas, who set an Auburn school record by clearing 2.34m (7-8) during the 2007 outdoor season, cleared the personal-best mark on his third and final attempt. Competing for the first time in his career in Europe, Thomas topped the previous world best that he shared with Yaroslave Rybakov and Andrey Tereshin of Russia and Germany's Eike Onnen.
"I'm not surprised at all by my result today," said Thomas following the performance. "I knew perfectly that kind of height was well inside my capabilities as I only fouled a 2.39 attempt earlier this season on my way down. I'm aware of my great potential for the high jump and it's only a matter of time to reach higher marks."
Thomas will compete next week in a meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Pan Am Games.
A complete recap of Thomas' world-best performance can be found at http://www.iaaf.org/news/Kind=2/newsId=39406.html.