Rohan Browning said never in his life had he made the mistake that saw Australia crash out in the Commonwealth Games heats of the men’s 4x100m relay.
Running the anchor leg, Browning tripped and fell as Jack Hale held the baton out at the final change.
As Browning tumbled, Hale could only jog past resigned to the fact their race had been destroyed.
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In commentary for Seven, Bruce McAvaney and Tamsyn Manou were both stunned.
“It’s all over – I cannot believe, I cannot believe it,” McAvaney said.
“A disaster, a disaster for the Australians.”
Rohan Browning (Getty)
Browning told Seven after the race he was “gutted”, and apologised to his teammates and Australia.
“I’m so sorry. I know these boys put in so much work and in many years of athletics, nothing like that has ever happened and hopefully never again,” Browning said.
“I’m so sorry to these boys and everyone at home.
Rohan Browning during the 100m heats earlier in the games. Photo: David Ramos (Getty)
“Caught my toe and slipped. Like I said, never happened: never in training, never in races.”
As Browning unpacked the botched changeover, Hale put an arm around him.
“It’s a relay,” Hale said.
“There are so many variables. So many things happen. These things happen. It is what it is.”
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