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Joshua Ross

2006
Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper (85.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Joshua Ross (b. 1981) excelled at athletics as a child, but didn't take up sprinting in earnest until 2000, inspired by watching the Sydney Olympics on TV. His rise to prominence has been stunning: he won the prestigious Stawell Gift in 2003 and again in 2005, when he became only the second man in the 120 m handicap race's 127-year history to win "off scratch" (meaning from the back of the field). At the 2004 Athens Olympics he ran anchor in the men's 4x100m relay team - the first Australian 4x100 team ever to reach an Olympic final. After strong performances at the 2004 World Championships - he made the 100m semi-finals, and helped the 4x100m team take fifth place in the final - he will go into the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in highly promising form.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Sahlan Hayes

Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 39 in 2006)

Joshua Ross (age 25 in 2006)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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