Rohan Browning has become the equal third-quickest Australian sprinter, running the fastest time by an Australian on home soil with his 10.08s in Brisbane on Saturday night.
The NSW runner is now pushing to become only the second Australian to crack the 10 second mark after Patrick Johnson's 9.93s.
Personal best: Rohan Browning.Credit:AAP
The 21-year-old's run was the quickest by an Australian since Josh Ross 12 years ago.
He will now become the first Australian man since then to run in the individiual 100m at a world championships or Olympics after his time qualified him for the world championships in Doha later this year.
Matt Shirvington is the second-quickest Australian ever with a time of 10.01s.
Tasmanian sprinter Jack Hale ran a presonal best 10.19s to come third after Browning crossed the line in the same time as Japanese runner Yoshihide Kiryu. Alex Hartmann also ran a personal best, 10.27s, to finish fifth behind another Japanese sprinter, Takuya Kawakami.
The level of competition and perfect conditions for sprinting at the Quensland Track Classic delivered the fast time, Browning said.
"If you want to compete with the best you have to race them, that was a really good field and you see the differences in times," Browning said.
"You want to be among the world's best and to do that you have to hunt down PJ's record and get under 10.
"The best analogy I have heard to breaking 10 or being asked how quick you can be is that no one buys a lottery ticket expecting to lose."
Browning believes it is actually the 200m that presents him with the best chance to medal at a major world event.
"The 100 is so cut throat, it's so hard. You look at the times and you have to be running 9.8s. In the 200 it might be 20.1 to 20.0 so it's a lot more open. You always get someone like [American sprinter] Noah Lyles running a 19.6s but other than that it's more open."
Austalia is also developing a strong sprint relay squad with Browning joining Hale, Hartmann and Jake Doran running a solid 38.83s at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday night.
"Jake Doran stepped up in the relay, we were really winging it, we hadn't practised so it was more of a glorified training run but it was a good time and that is exciting for Australia that we have this group of sprinters who are running fast and they are all young.
"That is where you can really win medals for Australia."
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