Cult hero Rohan Browning has become the first Australian through to the Commonwealth Games 100m final since 2010.
The 24-year-old exploded out of the blocks and booked an immediate spot in the final, which will be run from 6.30am on Thursday morning (AEST).
Browning finished second in Heat 1 in a time of 10.17 with South African favourite Akani Simbine taking the win in 10.07.
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He goes through to the final with the sixth-quickest overall time. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala recorded the quickest time of 10.02 seconds.
The runner popularly referred to as ‘The Flying Mullet’, ran the perfect race, according to Aussie Olympics great Tamsyn Manou.
“That is what we wanted. That is exactly what we wanted,” she said on Channel 7.
“That is exactly what we wanted from Rohan, he got every part of that race right. Well done, he is in the history books. He has made the final.”
She went on to say: “He nailed it. Akani Simbine is in a different class, but Rohan was clearly next best in that race.”
Browning is also just the fourth Aussie to make a Commonwealth Games 100m final in the past 30 years.
Browning produced his best run of the year to send a message in the heats on Tuesday night (AEST).
He won his heat in a time of 10.10 in a spectacular turnaround from the World Championships in Oregon last month where he was unable to get out of the heats.
Browning, who famously ran 10.01 to win his heat at the Tokyo Olympics last year, looks like he is the real deal once again.
He said part of his bounce back from the world championships is the “humiliating” factor of failing to reach the semi-finals.
“I try not to take it to heart,” he said.
“There’s always that humiliation element when you get run out in the heats, but just trying to bounce back from it and not take it to heart and just trust that the form is there, it’s just in the execution. I think I’ve tapped into a good vein of form.”
Jake Doran, Australia’s second-fastest man, was unable to reach the final, finishing eighth in Heat 2 in a time of 10.40 seconds.
Originally published as Aussie cult hero makes history in Commonwealth Games 100m final