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Browning breaks 17-year 100m Olympic drought by almost cracking 10 seconds

Olympian-in-waiting Rohan Browning can taste more seismic breakthroughs after storming to third on the Australian men’s 100m sprint all-time rankings at the Queensland Track Classic.

The best domestic ensemble assembled for a meet outside of a national championships in more than a decade had the crowd anticipating something special and the 23-year-old delivered with a sizzling 10.05 seconds meet record in the final.

Only Patrick Johnson (9.93) and Matt Shirvington (10.03) are ahead of Browning and it seems only a matter of time before he legally snaps the 10-second barrier after running a wind-assisted 9.96 in January.

The Sydney University law student is now all but certain to become the first male to represent Australia in the individual 100m at an Olympics since Josh Ross in 2004.

Chasing 10.08 for an automatic Olympic qualifier, the Andrew Murphy coached sprinter delivered and can begin plotting for the Tokyo Games.

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