Australian sprinter Rohan Browning (NSWIS) is set to make history at the Tokyo Games when he becomes the first Australian male to compete in the 100m at the Olympic Games in 17 years, after clocking a qualifier at the Queensland Track Classic.
Clocking 10.05 (+1.0), Browning edged out his trans-Tasman rival Edward Osei-Nketia (10.12, NZL) to win the 100m and lock away an Olympic berth. Finally knocking down the door he had come so close to all season, Browning said it was an ecstatic moment and is already looking at the task ahead.
“I’m really happy with that run today. I love it here in Brisbane – I should come up here more often to run these races,” he said.
“(On making history,) they’re great superlatives and ones that I’m proud of, but in the end of the day you’ve got to go there and perform.
“In 2019 in Doha, I was the first Australian in 12 years to get to a World Championships and I completely flamed out there, so I’m trying hard not to recreate that Doha experience and do a lot better.
“There’s lots of work to do but and working on everything is a real process, but it’s great to be able to book that ticket to Tokyo.”
Browning’s time is the third fastest in Australian history.
The men’s 100m hurdles saw Nicholas Hough (NSWIS) and Nicholas Andrews go to battle over 110m, with Hough prevailing in a time of 13.51, with Andrews narrowly behind in 13.59.
Dani Stevens (NSWIS) won her second discus event in a fortnight, throwing 62.22m as she builds back to her champion status after a crippling injury took her out of competition for more than a year.
World championship top-6 high jumper Brandon Starc (NSWIS) continued his momentum as he aims to post his first qualifier for Tokyo. Starc successfully cleared 2.29m, but was unable to jump 2.33m.