There was disappointment after sprinter Deji Tobais’ Olympic dreams all but died as he failed to reach the 100m and 200m finals at the Aviva 2012 Trials in Birmingham at the weekend.
And despite being only 20 years old the former Luton school boy wasn’t about to sit back and accept it as a learning experience, with Adam Gemili - two years younger than him now - packing his bags for London 2012 after picking up 100m silver.
“The trials were so disappointing,” he said. “I didn’t execute my 100m semi-final in the way I did in the heats so that hurt and then in the 200m it was a similar story.
“Before the trials my aim was to try and get an Olympic relay spot in the 100m, but with my performance I don’t know what’s going to happen.
"I doubt it will be enough. I was hoping to rectify things with the 200m, so not doing well in that hasn’t helped.
“You can always say it’s good to go against the big guys and I’m only 20 so I am a bit younger than most of them, but then there’s younger guys like Adam Gemili coming through, so it’s not like I can just be happy to be racing alongside these guys and not perform.”
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