Welsh Olympian Ron Jones has died aged 87

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Former Olympic sprinter Ron Jones has died aged 87.

The Welshman who captained the GB team at the 1968 Mexico Olympics also competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Alongside Peter Radford, David Jones and Berwyn Jones, he was part of the British team in 1963 which equaled the world for 4 × 110 yards. 40.0 second recording.

The Aberdare-born sprinter won bronze medals at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in relay and held the Welsh 100m record for 27 years until it was broken by Colin Jackson in 1990.

Welsh Athletics said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of Welsh athletics greats, Ron Jones.”

Jones moved to football after his track and field career, first as managing director of QPR in 1976 before becoming managing director of Cardiff City and Portsmouth.

He became Governor of Sports Aid Cymru Wales in 1997 and received the MBE in 2001 for his service to sport and charity. He was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, while in 2018 a new athletic track was named in his honor.

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