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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (400m hurdles) - Huelva Meeting (Spain)
  • 2nd (400m hurdles) - Geneva Swiss Meeting (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 2nd (4x400m relay) - Daegu Colorful Meeting (Daegu, Korea)
  • 1st (400m hurdles) - 2012 National Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2nd (400m hurdles) - 2012 Australian Olympic Trials (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 5th (400m hurdles) - 2012 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 5th (400m hurdles) - 2011 Diamond League (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • 5th heat (4x400m relay) - 2011World Championships (Daegu, Korea)

Career Highlights

  • Bronze medal 4 x 400m relay - World Championships, Berlin 2009
  • World Championships - 400m hurdles semi-final, Berlin 2009
  • Winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade

Interesting Facts

  • Thomas is from Tasmania and based at the AIS in Canberra where he is coached by Craig Hilliard. He is the 2nd fastest Australian of all time in the 400m hurdles. He made his senior debut for Australia in 2006 when he was a 400m hurdles semi-finalist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games as a 20-year-old. He also competed at the World Cup in Athens.
  • Injuries derailed his chances of qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
  • 2009 was a brilliant year for Thomas. He started the year with multiple personal best times including a 400m flat PB of 45.86. In May he ran the third fastest time in the world for 400m hurdles (48.68). He then won the World University Games (48.75) and was a semi-finalist at the World Championships in Berlin. Thomas also helped the 4 x 400m relay team win bronze in Berlin alongside Ben Offereins, John Steffensen and Sean Wroe.
  • An achilles injury ruined 2010 and forced him to miss the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He fought back to be a member of the 4 x 400m relay team for the 2011 World Championships that missed the final. He has been inspired by Jana Pittman, Nathan Deakes and Craig Mottram who have all battled serious injury.
  • In 2012 he raced his way back into shape. After placing second at the Olympic Trials (50.23) in March behind Brendan Cole he ran his first qualifying time of 49.39 in Geneva at the start of June. He was thrilled, 'I can honestly say this was the first time I've smiled like a kid at an athletics track in three years.' He ran 49.37 five days later in Spain.

Sport

Years on national team

4

Coach

Craig Hilliard (2005 - current)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, Australia

Institute/Academy
Australian Institute of Sport (2004 - current)
Tasmanian Institude of Sport (2003 - current)

Education

Primary

Corpus Christi (TAS, Australia)

Secondary

St Virgils (TAS, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce - Australian National University


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