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  • #16
    Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

    John Thomas was indeed the first to jump 7 feet indoors, at the 1959 Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, defeating Olympic Champion Charles Dumas in the process. Dumas, in 1958, had been the first to jump 7 feet outdoors. Thomas'leap resulted in perhaps the loudest croad roar ever in the Garden. I have witnessed 71 Millrose Games and this was my most Memorable Millrose Moment.

    Howard Schmertz

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    • #17
      Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

      And Howard you are a most honored contributor on this Board.... most of us know who you are and all your fantastic contributions.

      Having said that you made a slight error in your response, probably a typo.... Dumas' 7 footer was 1956, not 1958.

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      • #18
        Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

        >John Thomas was indeed the first to jump 7 feet indoors, at the 1959 Millrose
        >Games in Madison Square Garden, defeating Olympic Champion Charles Dumas in the
        >process. Dumas, in 1958, had been the first to jump 7 feet outdoors.
        >Thomas'leap resulted in perhaps the loudest croad roar ever in the Garden. I
        >have witnessed 71 Millrose Games and this was my most Memorable Millrose
        >Moment.

        Howard Schmertz


        hi howard...me too...first the crowd quiet and then the roar...true ny diehard trackies!!!

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        • #19
          Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

          Thanks for the correction on Dumas. My memory ain't what it used to be.
          Howard

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          • #20
            Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

            Dear Epelle I will take your advice when wanting to know about former stars in the sport that I took up in junior high,as I said before I remember
            seeing a picture of him in a indoor competition
            that may have been when he made history going
            over 7-0.

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            • #21
              Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

              xcfan... no problem.. exert yourself a little. I will try finding the post Jon had which asked others for their favorite links... when I find that, you will have more at your disposal than you would ever think possible when it comes to the wealth of info collected and shared on that post.

              Can:t find it yet, but here is a site which will give you good leads on past, present and stats:

              http://www.athleticslinks.com/links/interact.php

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              • #22
                Re: John Thomas: First 7-0 footer indoors

                >Steve, topic closed for me beyond saying that when people discover I was a
                >Hj-er, the first question they ask is, "Did you do that Fosbury thing?". And
                >these are people with zero interest in T&F.

                This is the one I always get.

                "Did you run the Boston marathon this year?"

                No, idiot. Not only have I NEVER run it but just because I run doesn't mean I run marathons. I haven't run one in almost 21 years and plan to die with that streak still intact.

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                • #23
                  John Thomas - First 7 Footer Indoors

                  Information I have said that after Thomas cleared 7' 0", instead of remeasuring, the officials allowed Dumas to also attempt 7' 0". He missed and there went the record. A week later, Thomas cleared 6' 10 3/4" to win the Boston AA and a week after that, at the NYAC Games, he cleared 7' 0" to OFFICIALLY get the record when the officials correctly remeasured the bar. Anyone connected to the Millrose Games and/or NYAC Games care to comment?

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