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Joshua ("Josh") James Ross (born 9 February 1981) is an indigenous Australian[1] track and field sprinter. He was national 100-metre (100m) champion for several years and competed for Australia at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Ross is the third fastest Australian of all time with a personal best time of 10.08 seconds achieved on 10 March 2007, after Patrick Johnson (9.93 in 2003) and Matt Shirvington (10.03 in 1998).[2]

Josh Ross
Personal information
Full nameJoshua James Ross
Born (1981-02-09) 9 February 1981 (age 38)
Sydney, New South Wales
ResidenceHunter region
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
Country Australia
SportMen's Athletics
Coached by
  • Piero Sacchetta (since 2011)
  • Adam Larcom (2008-2009)
  • Paul Nancarrow (2008)
  • Emil Risk (2006-2007)
  • Tony Fairweather (2001-2006)
  • Gerry Thomas (1999-2001)
Achievements and titles
World finals2005 Helsinki: 100 m – Semi finalist
National finals
Olympic finals
Personal best(s)10.08 seconds (2007 National Athletics Championships, Brisbane): Mens' 100 m


Early lifeEdit

Ross was born 9 February 1981 in Sydney. He spent his early childhood in south western Sydney and moved with his family to the Central Coast at around age seven. He went to Woy Woy Public School and Henry Kendall High School.

On the Central Coast, Ross attended Little Athletics and he won his first Australian title at age 10 in the long jump. Apart from the occasional school competition, however, he did not return to athletics until he was nineteen. During that time he played representative rugby league on the Central Coast.[citation needed]


Ross attracted immediate attention as a sprinter in 2003 when he comfortably won the Stawell Gift off a mark of seven metres (twenty-three feet). In 2005, he again won the Stawell Gift – this time from the honoured scratch mark time, becoming only the second athlete to achieve this feat (behind Madagascar's Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa in 1975) and the first Australian. He also became the third person ever to win the event twice.[3]

He reached the semi finals at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2005 World Championships. He has won four consecutive Australian national 100-metre titles and became a vital and successful member of Australia's 4 × 100m relay team which placed sixth at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Ross holds the fastest 100m time by an Australian on native soil, his personal best, 10.08 seconds, set in Brisbane on 10 March 2007.[2] He also has a personal best in the 200m of 20.52.[citation needed]

An Indigenous Australian, Ross was awarded the 2004 Deadly Award for Male Sportsperson of the Year.[4]

Ross won his fifth Australian national 100m title in March 2009;[5] and reportedly retired in the same year.[6][7]

Ross returned to athletics and won his sixth national 100m title in 2012 with a time of 10.23. Ross also threatened to walk out of the Australian 4 × 100m Olympic relay team if he was not allowed to compete in the individual men's 100 metres at the Olympic Games. Ross's most successful year has been 2007 when he ran his personal best of 10.08 then 10.10 then 10.12 and then 10.13.[8] He was a member of the Australian 4 × 100m relay team that equalled the Australian record when they qualified for the finals at the 2012 London Olympics.[9] Ross and John Steffensen held a press conference in the week before the games began, criticising their selection in only the relay event and not the individual races.[10]

Ross gained the sprint double at the 2013 Victorian Championships when he won the men's open 100-metre and 200-metre finals at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. In 2013 Ross won his seventh national title in a time of 10.34 seconds, equalling the record of Hec Hogan.[citation needed]

In late 2013 Athletics Australia served Ross with an infringement notice for failing to appear for mandatory Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority drug tests on three occasions over an 18-month period.[11] Following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Ross was suspended for 12 months, which ruled him out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[12][13][14]

In 2018 it was reported that Ross, who lives in the Hunter region, will compete in the 2018 Stawell Gift.[3]

He is recognized in the Australian Olympic Committee list of Australian Indigenous Olympians.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Australian Indigenous Olympians" (PDF). Australian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Salvado, John (17 February 2018). "Trae Williams: Quadzilla sprinter nails stunning 10.10sec 100m to win national title". AAP. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Callihan, Josh (28 January 2018). "Athletics: Two-time Olympian Josh Ross returns to Hunter for shot at history-making third Stawell Gift title". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Deadly Awards honour Indigenous achievements". ABC News. Australia. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ "The Boss is Back". Inside Athletics. International Association of Athletics Federations. 8 April 2009. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 19 February 2018 – via
  6. ^ "Ross announces retirement" (Press release). Australian Olympic Committee. AAP. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  7. ^ Silkstone, Dan (25 March 2010). "Watt gets the jump on Stawell Gift field". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Breen falls short of Oly qualifier". ABC News. Australia. 14 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Aussies through to relay final". ABC News. Australia. 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ Korporaal, Glenda (27 July 2012). "John Steffensen selection furore to force AA policy rethink". The Australian.
  11. ^ Morgan, Kym (6 December 2013). "Two-time Olympic sprinter Josh Ross appeals two-year ban for missing drug tests". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  12. ^ Morgan, Kym (2 March 2014). "Sprinter Josh Ross paying the price for ASADA's drug test nightmare". Sunday Mail. Adelaide. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  13. ^ Gleeson, Michael (25 March 2014). "Three Australian sprinters banned for drug breeches". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ Lane, Daniel (16 March 2016). "Olympian Josh Ross channels anger over latest 'missed' ASADA test". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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