Mullet-sporting Aussie sprint star Rohan Browning is preparing for a big night in Tokyo, declaring that ‘no Asahi is safe’ and admitting his ‘semi-stupid’ haircut is a race strategy to confuse competitors. 

The 23-year-old law student’s Olympic campaign came to an end on Sunday night after narrowly missing out on a spot in the final of the 100m dash.

Browning didn’t quite get the drive he needed off the blocks in the semi-final race and despite a gutsy final 50m was unable to finish fast enough to qualify for the final.

Although the speedster admitted he was disappointed finishing fifth in a time of 10.9 seconds, he shocked the world only 24 hours earlier winning his opening-round heat in a sizzling 10.01.

The performance made him an instant star back in Australia and around the globe, with new-found fans loving his free-flowing mullet hairdo.

Enoch Adegoke of Team Nigeria (left), Rohan Browning of Team Australia (centre) and Femi Ogunode of Team Qatar (right) compete in the Men's 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Enoch Adegoke of Team Nigeria (left), Rohan Browning of Team Australia (centre) and Femi Ogunode of Team Qatar (right) compete in the Men's 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Enoch Adegoke of Team Nigeria (left), Rohan Browning of Team Australia (centre) and Femi Ogunode of Team Qatar (right) compete in the Men’s 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

The Australian speedster in lane six is scene a metre off the pace in the Olympic semi final race

The Australian speedster in lane six is scene a metre off the pace in the Olympic semi final race

The Australian speedster in lane six is scene a metre off the pace in the Olympic semi final race

Rohan Browning of Team Australia (left) and Shaun Maswanganyi of Team South Africa (right) react after competing in the Men's 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Rohan Browning of Team Australia (left) and Shaun Maswanganyi of Team South Africa (right) react after competing in the Men's 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Rohan Browning of Team Australia (left) and Shaun Maswanganyi of Team South Africa (right) react after competing in the Men’s 100m Semi-Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

‘Look, it was just something that developed over time. I trimmed the sides and grew the back, then I trimmed the sides again and didn’t trim the back. Then I trimmed the sides again and my girlfriend got a bit more irritated,’ he joked.

‘It seems to have been pretty well received. I’m pretty grateful for that. I guess it is nothing, if not divisive.’

The laid-back track star said having a mullet is actually part of his physiological strategy going into competitions in the ‘alpha male’ sport of sprinting.

‘There is always a lot of posturing and a lot of staring down, so that’s why for me having this semi-stupid hair cut is almost like a bit of an advantage as people might look at you and not know what to think,’ Browning said.

Sprinter Rohan Browning poses for a portrait during an Athletics Australia training camp at Barlow Park on July 16, 2021 in Cairns, ahead of the Tokyo Games

Sprinter Rohan Browning poses for a portrait during an Athletics Australia training camp at Barlow Park on July 16, 2021 in Cairns, ahead of the Tokyo Games

Sprinter Rohan Browning poses for a portrait during an Athletics Australia training camp at Barlow Park on July 16, 2021 in Cairns, ahead of the Tokyo Games

The 10.1 second performance by Browning (pictured training in Cairns) in the opening heat of his 100m sprint, made him an instant star back in Australia and around the globe, with new-found fans loving his free-flowing mullet hairdo

The 10.1 second performance by Browning (pictured training in Cairns) in the opening heat of his 100m sprint, made him an instant star back in Australia and around the globe, with new-found fans loving his free-flowing mullet hairdo

The 10.1 second performance by Browning (pictured training in Cairns) in the opening heat of his 100m sprint, made him an instant star back in Australia and around the globe, with new-found fans loving his free-flowing mullet hairdo

The last Australian sprinter to make it to an Olympic 100m final was Hec Hogan, who took home the bronze medal from the 1956 Melbourne Games. 

With the lead up to Tokyo a difficult preparation due to the Covid pandemic and Australia’s rolling lockdowns, Browning hopes his next campaign might give him a better shot at making the final of the iconic race.

The Sydneysider moved his training camp to tropical Cairns in order to prepare for Tokyo, forgoing international competitions.

‘I still believe that that was the best decision for me because I had to get on top of a few niggles and things with the body that I had to get on top of,’ Browning said.

Browning left the likes of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica in his wake as he stopped the clock at 10.01 seconds

Browning left the likes of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica in his wake as he stopped the clock at 10.01 seconds

Browning left the likes of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica in his wake as he stopped the clock at 10.01 seconds

Rohan Browning (pictured with mum Liz) studies law at the University of Sydney as well as training for elite track races

Rohan Browning (pictured with mum Liz) studies law at the University of Sydney as well as training for elite track races

Rohan Browning (pictured with mum Liz) studies law at the University of Sydney as well as training for elite track races

Rohan Browning shocked the world by winning his 100m heat on Saturday night

Rohan Browning shocked the world by winning his 100m heat on Saturday night

Rohan Browning shocked the world by winning his 100m heat on Saturday night

Away from home for six weeks now, he said he’s missing his family, girlfriend, and my mates.

‘It’s just been such a wild ride. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world, it’s been so special being here in this team environment around the swimmers, the basketballers, everybody else,’ Browning said.

Now with just a few days to wind down and see the sites in Tokyo, the Aussie larrikin said a hard-earned Japanese beer will go down a treat.

‘I’m looking forward to celebrating and I don’t think there is an Asahi that is safe in Tokyo city tonight,’ Browning joked. 

‘I really haven’t wrapped my head around all the support yet. It doesn’t seem commensurate with the 13th place finish, but you know, I came 40th at the World Championships in 2019, so I’m heading in the right direction and I’ve certainly felt all the love.’

His plans for a wild night out might never get off the ground, with Olympians living in a strict bio-bubble and bars across Tokyo shutting their doors at 8pm. 

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