Tobais knows about the need for speed

Deji Tobais

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Deji Tobais admitted he must speed up - and fast - if he’s to reach next year’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships, after a mixed outing at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

The 21-year-old from Rushden first clocked 10.30seconds to cross home in fourth in an all-British 100m, behind Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Mark Lewis-Francis.

And he featured the following day as part of a second-string British 4x100m relay quartet, which finished fifth at the Olympic Stadium, after an all too familiar mix-up saw the first team fail to get the baton round.

He will soon head to Moscow for his first taste of a senior World Championships as part of an eight-strong British 4x100m relay squad but Tobais is not getting carried away.

“It’s going to be tough because the British sprinters have stepped up a little bit this year,” he said. “There’s a good crop of young sprinters coming through so it won’t be easy going into the Europeans or the Commonwealths in Glasgow.

“I’d like to think I’ve done enough for Moscow. Obviously I want to run a little bit faster but I’m fairly confident in the team as a whole anyway.

“Whether or not I get to run at Moscow I don’t care, as long as I’m there just soaking in the atmosphere at the World Championships. It’s just about learning and gaining from the experience.

“Part of my eye is on Glasgow and Zurich for the Europeans next year, but I want to focus on Moscow for now. I’m looking forward to another hard year, another soggy, wet winter and then going from there.”

Tobais made a slow start to his opening outing in the all-British 100m B race at the Games but came back in the final 30 metres to narrowly see off Josh Swaray and Joel Fearon.

He admitted his disappointment with the laboured start but was thrilled to have been part of the one-year celebrations since the start of London 2012 at the Olympic Stadium.

“There were some people in the race who I needed to beat and I did beat, but at the same time I think I could have ran better,” he added.

“I need to run my first 30 metres better, but to run in the Olympic Stadium, I can’t complain. I’ve come fourth in pretty much a British final.

“I knew I had to be in the mix quite early, but I have got other races this year and I’m not moaning or complaining at the moment.”

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is the final event in the Sainsbury’s Summer Series. For more information on Sainsbury’s support of world class athletics and disability sport go to www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/occasions/anniversary-games/