Thomas Claims World U20 Title
Asst. Communications Director
Tampere, Finland – Damion Thomas made his presence felt on the world stage Thursday evening in Finland. Running in the finals of the 110 meter hurdles against the best U20 athletes in the world, the Jamaican cleared 10 39-inch hurdles at Ratina Stadium in 13.16 seconds to claim his first-career world title. A rising superstar, Thomas had the third-slowest reaction time out of the blocks of the eight finalists, but he remained calm. By the third hurdle, Thomas had closed the gap and asserted himself as the leader of the race, and he never looked back on the way to beating his teammate, Orlando Bennett (13.33/second place), by a wide margin.
This special performance bookmarks an ever-impressive freshman campaign from the tall and lanky hurdler from Jamaica. He closes 2018 with two First Team All-America honors in NCAA competition, a U20 world record at the 39-inch height (12.99), and the second-fastest hurdler in LSU history with a 13.44 that he clocked at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was named the SEC Freshman Indoor Runner of the Year in March after a third-place finish at the SEC indoor meet and an eighth-place showing at the NCAA indoor meet. His season best of 7.75 in the 60 meter hurdles is the sixth-best time in LSU history, and he won a total of eight hurdle races during his freshman campaign donning the Purple and Gold.