Watch the moment Rohan Browning falls during Australia’s men’s 4x100m relay at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

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Sprinter Rohan Browning has apologised to teammates after his fall denied Australia a spot in the men’s 4x100m relay final at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

In the incident seen in the video above, the 100m finalist was anchoring their heat at Alexander Stadium on Saturday when he came unstuck before the baton change.

Australia was in the hunt for a top-three position to gain direct qualification for the final after legs by Josh Azzopardi, Jacob Despard and Jake Hale.

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But before Hale could pass the baton, Browning stumbled and then fell to the track.

Veteran Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney said he had “never seen anything quite like it, to be honest”.

Browning, who finished sixth in the 100m final, was devastated after the incident.

The moment Rohan Browning fell during the relay heats. Credit: 7Sport

“Just gutted. So sorry. I know these boys put in so much work and in many years of athletics, nothing like that has ever happened,” he told Channel 7.

“And hopefully never again.

“But yeah I’m so sorry to these boys and everyone at home.”

The 24-year-old explained what caused him to fall was that the track “caught my toe and slipped”.

In commentary for Channel 7, former sprinter Tamsyn Manou speculated Browning had not had enough time to work on his relay campaign while training for the individual 100m.

Jack Hale and Rohan Browning after the race. Credit: 7Sport

“If you’re in the blocks, you’re practicing pushing off those brake pads,” she said.

“You see, he’s turned around and he’s doing that drive phase.

“But he’s doing it on a bend.

“Rohan’s a 100m runner. He’d usually do his drive phase on the straight.

“It’d be interesting to know how much practice he would have done from that position.”

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