Thomas was a true groundbreaker, as he quite conveniently became the 1st guy who could consistently jump 7 feet, which has helped his legacy. But let's please remember that he had one very hot meet, the FOT in 1960, when he jumped 7' 2 1/2" and then 7' 3 3/4". After that, he never in the rest of his career jumped higher than 7' 2 1/4", and then he only had a few 7' 2"s. Yes, he got a 3rd in '60 OG and a weak 2nd ( winner Brumel was weak too) in '64 OG. But aside from that one "hot" FOT meet in 1960, he was the best for just a fleeting period of time. I'm no head doctor but IMHO he was never the same after Rome. I'm sorry to call him a 1 year wonder, but that's pretty much true. He lost most of 1959 with a foot injury, and from Rome onward, he was clearly not # 1 or close to it.