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Ross eyes Johnson at Track Classic

By Laine Clark 25/11/2005 08:59:45 PM Comments (0)

The presence of his hero Patrick Johnson will not stop national sprint champion Josh Ross from taking out his frustrations at the Brisbane Track Classic on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Athens Olympian says he is keen to bounce back from an "ordinary" return from his post-world titles break by staking an early claim for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 100m title with an A-qualifying time in Brisbane.

Australian 100m record holder Johnson may have been Ross' hero when the budding sprinter first burst onto the athletics scene by claiming two Stawell Gifts.

But Johnson will be in the Newcastle student's sights when the pair head a quality 100m field at the Classic that also includes Queensland's dual Olympian Paul Di Bella and New Zealand's Chris Donaldson.

"It's a crack field, I'm looking forward to lining up against Patrick - he's my hero," Ross said.

"He's a class act. I can't wait to get out there again after a bit of a break."

Ross is champing at the bit to clock a 10.21sec A-qualifying mark for Commonwealth Games selection after recently returning from a break he took after last August's world titles.

Ross kept a low profile on the NSW Central Coast after a respectable 100m semi-final finish and fifth placing with the Australian 4x100m relay team in Helsinki.

But Ross is ready to fire again after receiving a wake-up call at his first outing since the worlds - a low key Central Coast club meet last month.

"It was first run after the worlds and to tell you the truth I wasn't really happy with the results," he said.

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