MR. RESILIENT 

 

     Resilient, is the best word one can use to describe 110m hurdler  Mikel Kevin Thomas, a former student of University of Kentucky, Thomas has proved that his height approximately 5’3” won’t be a limit to him being among the worlds’ best sprint hurdlers.

 

   Thomas first represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, despite not making it past the first round of the 110mh; Thomas had the satisfaction of running a personal best of 13.62 secs. In that same year Thomas Broke the Varsity record in the 60mh at the Iowa State qualifier, his time 7.75 secs.

 

   The following years he had best times of 13.68 secs on May 01, 2010 and 13.63 in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2011, in 2012 he began the year running 13.48 secs on March 31, in Austin, Texas. He continued the year with solid performances he finishing second to Wayne Davis at the 2012 Olympic Trials, following the Olympic Trials he set his sights on the London 2012 Olympic Games, with hope of bettering his performances from the Beijing 2008 Olympics. His performance at the games though did not live up to what he would have hoped for; he exited the 110mh in the first round with a modest time of 13.74 secs.

 

  In 2013 he achieved a lifetime best of 13.19 in Montverde, Florida on the 8th of June; he followed that with winning the Trinidad and Tobago Championship later that month. The 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia he had his best performance at a global championships, just missing out on the 110mh final, he finished fourth in the semi-final being pipped on the line by 2012 Olympic Champion and world record holder Aries Merritt, his time 13.46 secs.

   The Highs and lows of sport showed once again in 2014, which saw him running a season best time of 13.42 on July 14, he could not repeat that performance in at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, exiting at the first round.

 

   At the end of the 2014 season, he moved his training base to Phoenix, Arizona to train along with the likes of Aries Merritt and Muna Lee of the United States. The results of the change in 2015 have been evident of that switch. With personal best in the 60mh, 7.70 secs in Birmingham, England on 21, February.

 

    He followed that with a personal best in the 100m at the Trinidad and Tobago Championships, 10.24 secs.

 

     His performance at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, is without doubt, his best performance to date, despite having to re-run the 110m final and stumbling on the initial start, Thomas showed true grit and determination to get the silver medal in a new personal best and national record time of 13.17 secs.

 

    With the  15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, just weeks away, Thomas will be hoping to continue on his upward on his current trend and deliver ever greater performances at the World Championships.

 

Written by Donnie Vincent