Sports · August 6, 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022: Rohan Browning travels in 4x100m of heat, video

Australia’s sprint hopes hit the bridge on Saturday night when Rohan Browning stumbled on the final swap of the 4x100m heat.

The Australians went head-to-head with Trinidad and Tobago when Jack Hale passed the last corner.

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But when Hale approached and Browning got up and up from the blocks, he lost his balance and tripped to the ground, letting the Australians down.

“The last change just needs to be neat,” McAvaney began before Tamsyn Lewis squealed in the comment box as Browning hit the deck.

“Oh, it’s falling. I can not believe. I can not believe.

“A disaster for Australians.

“I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest.”

“It was terrible,” Lewis-Manou added.

“He looks devastated. Rohan wouldn’t be able to do much of this training, he would focus on getting his body right. He just stumbled when he took his acceleration phase.

Browning was not injured in the crash as he apologized to his teammates immediately after the heat.

“I’m gutted,” Browning told Channel 7.

“I’m so sorry. I know these guys have worked so hard. Nothing like this has ever happened in my years in athletics and hopefully never happens again.

“I just took my big toe and slipped. It had never happened before in training or competition. “

Teammate Jack Hale was quick to console Browning both after the match and in post-match interviews.

“It’s a relay. There are so many variables and these things happen. It is what it is, ”Hale told Channel 7.

Browning finished sixth in the individual 100m final, falling just 0.06 seconds off the bronze medal at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

It was Australia’s closest win to winning a medal in the men’s blue ribbon event as Matt Shirvington’s lightning-fast 10.03 time was still not enough for him to land a medal at the 1998 Games.

Australia has never won a medal in the men’s event since the Commonwealth Games changed the distance to 100 meters in 1970. Now we have to wait at least another four years.

Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala won gold in 10.02 and reigning champion Akani Simbine won silver in 10.13. Sri Lanka Yupun Abeykoon won bronze with 10.14 with Browning crossing the line in 10.20.

“I’m not happy,” Browning said later. “It was just a bad and painful ride and it was one of those tough nights.

“A month ago I didn’t see myself in this final. I try to take every win and run in my pace, but once you’re here you just want to be on that podium. Here’s what it is.

“I thought I’d pack it and go home and train for next year and I’m glad I decided to stick with it. I think one of the lessons I’ve learned is that perseverance is much more important than patience. You just have to keep trying things and keep doing it.

“Today there were some things I could have done to be up there, but I think I was beaten today. I need more training in the legs and I need a great winter off-season ”.

Originally published as Rohan Browning travels to the final change of the 4x100m relay, Australia’s hopes are dashed