Veteran Alan Ross returns from US with medal haul

John Ross won six medals.  Picture: Neil Hanna
John Ross won six medals. Picture: Neil Hanna
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An Edinburgh-based athlete is celebrating after returning from a prestigious veterans meet with five gold medals and a bronze.

Seventy-five-year-old John Ross, who resides in Canonmills, was at the Huntsman World Senior Games representing Scotland earlier this month in Utah, an event that features more than 10,000 athletes.

And Ross, of Edinburgh 
Athletic Club, was one of the stars of the show in the 75-and-over category, winning gold in the 50 metres, the 100m, the 200m, the 400m and the 800m. In the 800m win he set a new Games record.

He also won bronze in the javelin and, after returning to the Capital at the weekend, said: “I was really surprised to win so many medals. The standard in the Huntsman Games is pretty high. and I had a fairly mixed build-up to the event due to injury niggles and such like.

“However, I started off well and once I got the first gold things seemed to click into place. It really was a great few days for me and an event that I will always remember, the atmosphere there really was brilliant.”

Since 1987, the Huntsman World Senior Games has steadily grown to become the largest annual multi-sport event for people aged 50 and over in the world. And, despite his exertions, Ross does not plan to rest for long and indeed today was set to be back in the gym with the local indoor season beginning in early in 2014.