The former Olympic sprinter Ron Jones has died at the age of 87.

The Welshman who captained Team GB at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City also competed at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Alongside Peter Radford, David Jones and Berwyn Jones, he was part of the British team in 1963 that equalled the world 4×110 yards world record of 40.0 seconds.

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

Welsh Athletics said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of one of the all-time greats of Welsh athletics, Ron Jones.”

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

He became governor of Sports Aid Cymru Wales in 1997 and was awarded the MBE in 2001 for his services to sport and charity. He was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, while in 2018, a new athletics track was named in his honour. 

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