Since 2006, Bahamian High Jumper Donald Thomas has been making his mark for country all around the world.
Ever since the Eight Mile Rock native burst onto the international scene in 2006 at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, Thomas has medaled on multiple stages, inclusive of his first ever gold medal at the 2007 World Games in Japan.
Now, here we are in 2018, 11 years later, and Thomas continued in making podium appearances once more this past Wednesday evening in Barranquila, Columbia. The former World Champion out-lasted 12 other competitors in the men’s high jump at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games to snag gold.
Thomas was involved in a four-way tie with a clearance of 2.28 meters, with Venezuela’s Eure Ruiz Yanez, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jermain Francis, and Puerto Rico’s Luis Rivera Castro. With less knock downs than the three other competitors, Thomas was declared the gold medalist. Yanez would take the silver medal and Francis was awarded the bronze medal.
Also in that competition was Bahamian teammate Jamal Wilson. However, Wilson rounded out the top five with a clearance of 2.24m.
400m finalist Alonzo Russell looked to add another medal to the Bahamian medal count Wednesday night in the men’s 400m final. Nonetheless, Russell would finish sixth in the competition and clocked 46.18 seconds in the process.
The Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Aquino Santos ultimately won the CAC gold medal with a season’s best time of 44.59 seconds. Cuba’s Yoandys Pardo Lescay took home the silver medal in a season’s best time of 45.38 seconds. Costa Rica’s Nery Cardenas Brenes settled for the bronze medal clocked at 45.61 seconds.
Yesterday, August 2, Bahamian triple jumper Kaiwan Culmer was a contestant in the men’s triple jump final and the men’s 4x400m quartet gunned to boost the Bahamian medal count. However those results were not known up to press time.
After Thomas’ gold medal feat, country’s medal total stood at seven - four gold, two silver and one bronze. The Bahamas was ranked 10th in the standings. Placement is determined by gold medals won.
Leading the medal count with an astounding 305 medals - 125 gold, 104 silver and 76 bronze - was Mexico. In second with 209 medals - 83 gold, 65 silver and 61 bronze - was Cuba and rounding out the top three was Columbia with 236 medals - 65 gold, 84 silver and 87 bronze.