Tandi: Sloppy start cost me title

Chris Tandi. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111697-21)
Chris Tandi. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111697-21)
The start of the Gosport Half Marathon race as James Baker, wearing 85, hits the front early on. Picture: Neil Marshall

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County king Chris Tandi was left to rue a poor start after he finished in the shadow of club rival Mo Abdullahi in the final of the men’s 200m.

The three-time county sprint double winner stormed through the last 50 metres to post a time of 22.33secs.

But it was only enough for third behind his City of Portsmouth club-mate Abdullahi – who was second with 22.17 – and winner Tom Druce.

And it was all about Tandi’s failure to get out of the starting blocks.

He said: ‘By the time I realised, all the guys were past me and I thought “oh no.”

‘I had to stay in the blocks for a while.

‘I saw everyone going but, you know, I never gave up.

‘I still believe in myself. I can still do better.

‘If I had a good start I would have won the race.’

Tandi, 22, has been through some tough times in recent years, with injuries hitting him hard.

But he was delighted to be back among the medals and enjoyed the battle with the impressive Abdullahi.

‘I thought it was my day but to come third is an amazing thing for me.

‘Me and Mo are always in competition but he just beat me.

‘We train together. He had a good start. He’s a good guy.

‘Mo doesn’t give up and I don’t give up either.

‘I always fight to the end.’

Abdullahi, 21, felt Tandi pushed him all the way as he continued his impressive run of form.

‘It’s always good to have a bit of healthy rivalry,’ admitted Abdullahi.

‘I knew that he was coming, so I just had to keep focused and get to the line before him.’

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