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ERIC THOMAS
Event: 400 Hurdles
Height: 6-3
Weight: 191
PR: 47.94 (2000)
Born: December 1, 1973 in Carthage, Texas
Current Residence: Houston,Tex.
High School: Garrison (Texas) 92
Colleges: Abilene Christian 95; Blinn CC 94
Coach: Kim Wrinkle
Agent: Caroline Feith
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2000 Olympic Trials runner-up; 1999 & 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist

Thomas in 2003 established himself as a contender to be reckoned with in the 400m hurdles in winning the silver medal at the Pan Am GamesAfter graduation from high school in 1992, Thomas attended Blinn Junior College where he finished second at the JUCO Nationals as a freshman. He bounced back to win the national JUCO title as a sophomore before transferring to Abilene Christian in 1995. Thomas placed 2nd at the NCAA Division II Championships as a junior before giving up his senior year of eligibility in 1996 to train for the Olympic Trials. He finished a frustrating fourth at the 1996 Olympic Trials in Atlanta. It was disappointing, he said, but it was definitely a stepping stone.  I had a lot of maturing to do. He came back to make the Olympic Team by finishing second at the 2000 Olympic Trialsplayed football in high school where he was a first team all-state wide receiver. He also played football at Blinn JChas an 8-year-old son, Zavante.

2005: Did not compete.
2004:
Did not finish in opening round at Olympic Trials7th at Osaka (50.08)best of 50.08.
2003: 4th in semifinal at World Outdoors (49.00)Pan Am Games silver medalist (48.74)1st at Fort-de-France (48.61)4th at Zurich (48.46)3rd at Ostrava (48.63)1st at Osaka (49.06)best of 48.63ranked #9 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.
2002:
3rd at USA Outdoors (49.72)1st at Zagreb (48.27)1st at Belem (48.36)2nd at Linz (48.51)1st at Martinique (48.70)ranked #7 in the world, #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.27. 2001: 4th at GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Championships (49.09)finished 6th in Lausanne and Parisranked #3 in U.S by T&FNbest of 48.53 in Seville on June 8.  

2000: 2nd at the Olympic Trials in 48.22 ...5th in semifinal at Olympics in 49.25...earlier ran a PR 47.94 while winning at the Rome Grand Prix meet on June 30...ranked #4 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 47.94.
1999: 2nd at Pan American Games...ranked #9 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 48.40.
1998: Ranked #7 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 48.45.
1997: 5th at USA Championships...ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 48.57.
1996: 4th at Olympic Trials...ranked #8 in world (#6 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 48.20.
1995: 2nd NCAA D-II Champs...5th, USA Champs...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 49.14. 1994: JUCO national champion...ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 49.29.
1993: 6th at USA Championships...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 49.83.

12/20/05

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