Rohan Browning became just the second Australian to break the 10-second barrier in a 100-metre sprint race in Wollongong on Saturday.
The Sydney talent finished a men's open race with a time of 9.96 seconds - albeit with a +3.3m/s wind assistance - at the 2021 Illawarra Track Challenge at Kerry McCann Athletics Centre. Browning claimed victory from Macarthur athlete Joshua Azzopardi, who finished the race in 10.29 seconds.
The result means 23-year-old Browning is the first Aussie to crack the 10-second barrier since Patrick Johnson registered a 100-metre time of 9.93 seconds in Mito, Japan in 2003.
The current world record of 9.58 seconds was set by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in 2009.
Another day, another brilliant run by an Aussie 💚💛@Rohan_Browning ran 9.96 (+3.3) in the 100m at the Illawarra Track Challenge. The time is the fourth fastest for an Australian in all conditions. Congratulations Rohan & coach Andrew Murphy.#ThisIsAthletics@AthleticsNSWpic.twitter.com/sgyRCHaeri— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) January 16, 2021