Footage of John Thomas' best ever jump:
1960-OT Palo Alto, July 1 –HJ John Thomas 2.229wr – July 2 - PV Don Bragg 4.80wrhttp://www.t3licensing.com/video/clip/4 ... c%20trials
P.S. in his HISTORY OF TH OLYMPIC TRIALS, Richard Hymans writes:
"In ratification of his WR, Thomas lost a centimeter in a bizarre piece of statistical bureaucracy. His jump of 7'3 7/8" was 2.2322m but was rounded down to the nearest 1/4" - i.e. 7'3 3/4" = 2.229. The 2.229 was then rounded down to 2.22m the nearest whole cm downwards!"
by the way Joe Faust got second in the trials with 2.134, before Charlie Dumas in third with 2.108.
John Thomas said after the meet in Palo Alto (or Standford):
"That's the first time I ever jumped on grass. I like it. It feels sort of cushiony." (All five grass runways underwent loving care. Ten months ago they were cut very short and 1 ½" of clay packed on top. The clay was broken up, rolled, and a special fertilization program produced a strong grass, a firm but cushiony surface and a fast level runway. No workouts were permitted before the meet)
[Bert Nelson in T&FN, July, 1960]
After the Olympics in Rome John Thomas nearly set a new World Record at a meeting in Dublin:
from T&FN Oct 1960 'Americans in Europe': "after clearing 7'2" (2.184) he mastered 7'4" (2.235) but knocked down the bar with his knee".