Rohan Browning has expressed his disappointment after failing to advance to the 100m final at the athletics world championships. The sprinter was on a high on Saturday after becoming the first Australian man in 28 years to reach the 100m semi-finals at a world championships.
However he came crashing back to earth on Sunday when he failed to progress to the final. The best season of the 25-year-old's career ended on a flat note in Budapest as he finished fourth in his semi with a time of 10.11 seconds - the same time he ran in the opening round the previous day.
As it turned out, Browning would have needed to equal his PB of 10.01 to have booked a spot in the final - a task he felt was well within his grasp. The 25-year-old had talked up the possibility of going under 10 seconds in Budapest.
"I am just really disappointed," he said after the semi-final. "I definitely felt like I was in shape to run a lot better. I felt like I had 60 metres of a really good race and the rest was really the reverse of yesterday. There are things to work on for the Olympics."
Browning and coach Andrew Murphy felt it was an advantage to be drawn in the adjacent lane to defending world champion Fred Kerley, thinking it could have helped drag the Australian under 10 seconds for the first time. But Kerley also bombed out after his time of 10.02 proved not good enough to advance.
Browning, who burst onto the international stage at the 2021 Olympics, has managed to get his average 100m time down to its best-ever level in 2023 . However he conceded that average of 10.11 wasn't quite good enough.
"It felt quicker," said Browning. "I knew sub-10 would be the benchmark to progress and that is where it ended up being more or less."
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Great run Rohan!! 💚💛💚💛
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Craziness in the final heat#WorldAthleticsChamps
9.90🇯🇲Oblique Seville (Q)
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Noah Lyles wins 100m title at athletics world championships
Later on Sunday, American showman Noah Lyles exchanged the title of best 200m runner in the world for the better moniker of fastest man on the planet. The 26-year-old came out on top in a dramatic 100m final, where just four thousandths of a second separated the runners ranked second to fourth.
Lyles crossed the line first in a personal best of 9.83 seconds, adding the 100m world gold to the 200m titles he won in Doha in 2019 and on home soil in Eugene last year. Botswana's Letsile Tebogo, Britain's Zharnel Hughes and Jamaican Oblique Seville all stopped the clock at 9.88, meaning a check of the photo finish was required to determine that Tebogo and Hughes had earned the minor medals. American Christian Coleman faded to fifth in 9.92 after being the quickest out of the blocks.
"I needed to make sure that I was accelerating and when I was at 60 metres I took the lead," Lyles said after the race. "I have taken a lot of losses, even in 100m and going to the US trials with COVID I got the bronze medal but a lot of people cut me off right there.
"But I knew what I had to do. I came here for three golds, ticked off one, others are coming. The 100m was the hardest one, it is out of the books. I will have fun with the event I love now (the 200m)."
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