With his three Olympic medals (gold, silver, bronze) Jared Tallent is one medal away from having the most medals of an Australian male athletics competitor. He became the first Australia male track and field athlete to win two medals at a single Games in over a century when he won bronze (20km) and then silver (50km) in Beijing. He is also the only Australian male athletics competitor to win a medal in consecutive Games.
Tallent crossed the line in the silver position in the 50km in London (7th in 20km), as he did in Beijing, for his third Olympic medal. He was elevated to gold after Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of his results for doping. Tallent was presented with the gold medal at an official ceremony in Melbourne on 17 June 2016, 1460 days after the race in London.
After a bronze on home soil in 2006 at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won gold in the Delhi heat in 2010. He also owns two silver (2011, 2015) and one bronze (2013) World Championship medals and four consecutive medals from the IAAF World Race Walking Cups.
Tallent becomes one of only seven Australian men to be able to call themselves Olympic Champion in athletics - alongside Steve Hooker (2008), Ralph Doubell (1968), Herb Elliot (1960), John Winter (1948), Nick Winter (1924) and trail blazer Edwin Flack (1896).
His wife and now coach Claire competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in the 20km walk. They were engaged at Beijing and got married in Adelaide straight after the Games. After London they moved from Canberra to Adelaide and Claire took over as coach from Brent Vallance. Tallent's younger sister Rachel has been selected to compete in the 20km walk at Rio 2016. She also represented Australia at the 2015 World Championships. Tallent was one of six children raised on a potato farm near Ballarat, Victoria. He lost his right index finger in a potato grading machine as a toddler.
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50km Walk Men
Ballarat, VIC, Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
- 2012 London - 1st (50km walk), 7th (20km walk) 2008 Beijing - 3rd (20km walk), 2nd (50km walk)
- 2nd (50km) - 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (Rome, Italy)
- 2nd (50km walk) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- 26th (20km walk) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- 3rd (50km walk) - 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Taicang, China)
- 3rd (50km walk) - 2013 IAAF World Championships (Moscow, Russia)
- Winning two medals (silver and bronze) at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 50km and 20km walk respectively
- Finally receiving the gold medal for the 50km walk at the London Olympic Games
- Silver medal at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the 50km walk
- Dean Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Ballarat High School (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) - RMIT (2008 - )
Claire Tallent (2013- current) Previously, Brent Vallance (2004 - 2012)
South Australian Race Walking Club, Australia, Enfield Harriers Athletics Club, Australia
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