26 March 2019
Browning red hot in 100m
Sydney University 21-year-old Rohan Browning has stormed to the equal fastest 100m time by an Australian on home soil and the fastest by an Aussie for 12 years when he clocked 10.08 to win the 100m at the Queensland Track Classic. It is a time only Matt Shirvington and national record holder Patrick Johnson have bettered. Impressively he matched it with Japan’s sub-10 sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu as both were given the same time, but Kiryu the win.
“I was always hoping (to run this fast tonight),” said Browning. “Training had been going great. I was confident.”
Earlier in the evening Browning had run on the national 4x100m relay team which clocked 38.83, 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 (a young Aussie running this time), it could have been any of those guys because everyone is in red hot shape. Jack’s (Hale) had a fantastic 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 (RBH) 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 Queenslander 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 all member of the squad, coached by Paul Pearce.
“Also we have Luke Stevens (VIC) and Murray Goodwin (QLD) part of the team as well who may not have been on the track tonight but are an integral part of this team.”
Halpin was pleased he executed his race plan.
“Happy to get the green and gold, it’s awesome. Just wanted to cruise down that back straight and make sure I had enough juice left to come home and it worked.”
Nick Hough returned to great form with a strong 13.64 in the 110m hurdles. Michelle Jenneke matched Nick’s winning form, taking the 100m hurdles in 13.21.
Winning the B 100m, Zach Holdsworth clocked a PB 10.38.
Now based n Melbourne, Aiden Harvey was again over 18 metres in the shot with his second placed distance of 18.06m.
Jaylah Hancock-Cameron, 16, was a comfortable second in the 1500m in 4:18.65.
Commonwealth Games triple jump representative Emmanuel Fakiye was the first Aussie in the triple jump with a slightly windy 16.24m (2.1m/s) jump.
In the women’s long jump, 17-year-old, Samantha Dale smashed her PB leaping 6.22m and moved into the top-25 juniors all-time.
Member of the World U20 Championships 4x100m relay, Kristie Edwards, 19, has been graduating to the seniors nicely this summer. In Brisbane she smashed her PBs - the 100m from 11.79 to 11.77 and 200m 24.03 to 23.77.
Sydney’s teenagers Josh Azzopardi & Hugh Whitehead, clocked 200m PBs of 21.42 and 21.26 respectively.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW