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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 28th (20km walk)

Recent Performances

  • DQ (20km walk) - 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Saransk, Russia)
  • 5th (20km walk) - 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge (Taicang, China)
  • 2nd (20km walk) - 2012 IAAF Walking Challenge (Chihuahua, Mexico)
  • 1st (20km walk) - 2012 Oceania & Australian Racewalking Championships (Hobart, Australia)
  • 1st (20km walk) - 2012 Oceania & Australian Racewalking Championships (Hobart, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the 20km walk
  • Recording a top 20 finish at the 2010 World Race Walking Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico

Interesting Facts

  • Claire Tallent (nee Woods) competed in the 20km race walk at the Beijing Olympic Games and finished 28th. Less than two weeks after the Games she married dual Olympic medallist and fellow race walker Jared Tallent in her home suburb of Walkerville, Adelaide.
  • The Tallents train together under Brent Vallance at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. They have had matching results in three of their four opening 20km walks of 2012, each taking first place at the Oceania Championships, silver at the Walking Challenge in Mexico and fifth at the Walking Challenge in China.
  • Australian youngsters Regan Lamble and Beki Lee pushed Tallent for London selection but the 2010 Commonwealth Games 20km silver medallist showed her experience and won the 2012 national title with an A qualifier (1:32:58). Her win completed a Tallent 20km national title double.
  • Now in the form of her life, Tallent placed fifth at the Taicang Race Walking Challenge in March. Her time of 1:28:53 was a personal best by more than three minutes.
  • Initially a middle distance runner, Tallent graduated through Little Athletics ranks and took up walks at 14 after filling in at an interclub final.


Years on national team



Brent Vallance (2004 - current)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, Australia


Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra



St Martins, Greenacres (SA, Australia)


Mary MacKillop College, Kensigton (SA, Australia)


Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement - University of South Australia (1999 - 2001)

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