Athletics: Rohan Browning has just produced the run of his life! A personal best of 10.01, and first place in the heat. This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often. Australia doesn’t have much form producing sprinters. But Browning in Lane 1 goes out hard, takes it up to Yohan Blake in the middle, and beats the Jamaican who used to take it up to Usain Bolt. You could see Blake looking across in surprise to see someone coming up the inside rail. He runs 10.06 to qualify second, while GB’s Chijindu Ujah runs 10.08 in third.
That’s heat seven, one more to go.
Here’s what Dina Asher-Smith had to say on television in an emotional address, at one point pausing while in tears.
“In the trials final I actually pulled my hamstring at 60 metres. I was initially told in Manchester that it was a rupture, and I would require surgery, and it would take three to four months to get back. It’s been a lot to deal with because that diagnosis, you’re like, yeah I just can’t go to Tokyo. We had this whole statement ready to go. But then I thankfully went and got a second opinion. It was a slight misdiagnosis, even though there was still quite a major tear, it wasn’t a rupture. So we turned over every single stone to make sure that I could stand on the line.
“I think the most frustrating thing for me was the fact that I was in really good shape, I was in the shape of my life, and I can say that with my hands on my heart about six weeks ago I was very confident I was gonna win this, because I knew that every part of my race, my start, my transition and my finish was better than some of the fastest women in the world.
“I’m really proud to have been able to execute my races here today and I’m really proud of everything that I’ve done to this point, but when you’re talking about the standard that I want to be, that I know I’m capable of. There’s plenty more championships for me to come and kill. We’re in the middle of a four to five year cycle. And yes, I got a hamstring tear at the most inconvenient time, but it doesn’t really change the fact of the calibre of athlete I actually am.”