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Browning runs fastest 100m by an Australian in 12 years at QLD Track Classic

25 March 2019

ATHLETICS: At the Queensland Track Classic this weekend, 21-year-old Rohan Browning became the first Australian in 12 years to not only clock a 100m time of 10.08 or less, but also become the first Aussie in 12 years to qualify for the individual 100m at the World Championships.

Browning's record equalling feat has only ever been bettered by Sydney 2000 Olympian Matt Shirvington and National Record Holder Patrick Johnson.

Impressively, Browning matched it with Japan’s sub-10 sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu as both were given the same time, but Kiryu was given the win.

“I was always hoping (to run this fast tonight),” said Browning. “Training had been going great. I was confident.”

Two more Aussies ran PBs, in third place Jack Hale, for the second week in a row, took 0.01 off his 100m PB, clocking 10.19. In fifth, local Alex Hartmann ran 10.27 (0.02 from his PB) while Jake Doran, ran 10.32 (his third fastest ever time) rounding out a terrific 100m for the Aussies.

Earlier in the evening Browning, Hale, Hartmann and Doran combined to run 38.83 in the 4x100m relay, not far outside their Commonwealth Games performance of 38.58.

Australian sprinting has been strong over the last few years, a point Browning noted.

“If it wasn’t me, it could have been any of those guys because everyone is in red hot shape. Jack’s (Hale) had a very consistent season and that’s the key in this sport.

“It’s tough. You need that competitive stimulation. Training is one thing, competition is another. You’re always looking to step it up, every time.

Making his season debut, Steve Solomon led a very determined men’s 4x400m relay to a world relays qualifying time of 3:03.67, well under the standard of 3:05.00. The team of three NSW athletes - Ian Halpin, Tyler Gunn and Solomon, were joined by local Alex Beck.

“We came out here with a lot of pressure on us to qualify for this team,” said Solomon. “The boys did a magnificent job, everyone executed the plan. Ian had a fantastic first leg, Tyler had an unbelievable second leg taking control over that back straight, Alex came home really strong and the easy part for was for me to just bring it home.”

A natural leader, Solomon noted aditional member of the squad, coached by Paul Pearce.

“Also we have Luke Stevens and Murray Goodwin part of the team as well who may not have been on the track tonight but are an integral part of this team.”

In the field, Canberra’s Kelsey Barber was outstanding in her first competition for over five months, nailing a world championships qualifier of 62.65m on her third attempt.

“First comp can normally feel a bit inconsistent, blow out some cobwebs,” said Barber. “But I was really happy with the way I was moving into those throws tonight and I felt good, so it was nice to get that one away.”

In second was 2018 world leader, Kathryn Mitchell in her first competition for 11 months. She reached a best of 60.73m on her fifth attempt.

“Back into competition after almost a year,” she said. “We’re working on some things and it was good to just try and get back into the rhythm of comp and try to practice what we’ve been doing. There’s a lot of work to be done. Results wise we are heading in a good direction, I’m not stressed.”

World number five long jumper, Brooke Stratton responded to her narrow defeat last week in Perth by Naa Anang, taking the long jump with a leap of 6.74m, a seasons best and another world championships qualifier. Naa was again consistent in-front of her home crowd leaping 6.69m.

“Definitely (on having a close competitor), I don’t think I’d be jumping what I’m jumping,” said Stratton. “It’s so good having that competition and that challenge week in week out with Naa. I couldn’t ask for someone to be pushing me like she is.”

Athletics Australia/olympics.com.au

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