The speaker is facing an old man in a martial art tournament and thinks :
Though this old mand is strong/good/in shape enough to participate in the tournament, I've never even heard his name.
I'm pretty sure I got the meaning (roughly) right but this way of using ほど stil confuses me a bit.
When used with の like this, does it feel to native speakers that the quality ほど refers to is omitted? Assuming I'm not mistaken, if a european person were to say this sentence in japanese, they would probably end up with something like :
Or just :
Unlike (2), (3) doesn't give the feeling that it's impressive to participate in the tournament or that the old mans has whatever quality remarkable enough to participate, it just states that he is capable of it.
I was wondering for a time if ほど didn't refer to the quality of being old, but "old enough to participate" doesn't really make any sense here.
So yeah, are we supposed to fill in our minds the appropriate quality from the context or does ほど have a more precise meaning when used like this that I'm missing.