Australia’s 23-year-old Rohan Browning shocked the world last night in the men's 100 metres heats when he beating the second-fastest man in history Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Britain’s Chijindu Ujah.
Browning recorded a personal best of 10.01 seconds, qualifying as the sixth fastest overall to go into the semifinal tonight.
The 23-year-old told Channel 7 after the race that he had doubts that any of the other competitors knew him and Blake’s reaction suggested the same.
Blake was considered one of the top contenders to watch following the retirement Usain Bolt.
He secured gold in the relay in 2012 alongside Bolt and has a personal best of 9.69 seconds which he achieved in the same year.
Australia has not had an Olympic finalist in the men’s 100 metres sprint since 1956.
Other contenders for the 100 metres include USA’s Trayvon Bromell, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, South Africa's Akani Simbine and Italy's Marcell Jacobs.
The current World record stands at 9.58 seconds while the Olympic record is 9.63 seconds set by Usain Bolt.
The semifinals of the men's 100 metres will begin at 10.15 tonight while the final is at 12.50am tomorrow.
Jamaica had a clean sweep in the women's 100 metres.
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