Ross announces retirement

13 November 2009

Five-time national 100m champion Josh Ross has announced his retirement from athletics.

Bursting onto the track and field scene with his win in the Stawell Gift in 2003, Ross ends his career as the third fastest Australian over 100m of all time (10.08), trailing only Patrick Johnson (9.93) and Matt Shirvington (10.03) on the national leaderboard.

After 10 years in the sport the 28-year-old Melbourne-based athlete said it was time to move on to the next phase of his life.

"Athletics has been my life, I've basically been married to it for 10 years and that's almost half my life," he said.

"Right now there are other things in my life that I want to follow and I think I'm hitting that age where I need to follow other avenues."

Reflecting on his career Ross said the 2004 Athens Olympics were the highlight of his time in the sport.

One of the nations most talented indigenous athletes, Ross will look to continue his involvement with the indigenous athletics community.

AAP

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