• Jared Tallent receives his Olympic gold medal with coach and wife Claire by his side (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Claire Tallent has moved from a successful athletics career to become the successful coach of a gold medal winner.
By
Ann Odong

Source:
Australian Olympic Committee
21 Jun 2016 - 5:00 PM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2016 - 5:00 PM

When race walker Jared Tallent was robbed of gold medal in the 50km walk at the London 2012 Olympics, he wasn't the only person deprived of a lifelong achievement.  

Coach, and former Commonwealth Games medal winning race walker Claire, was also robbed of the moment.  

There was always suspicion surrounding the winner, Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin, but it wasn't until Kirdyapkin was stripped of his win over a doping ban that Tallent could finally celebrate what they had always believed.

“Jared and I have been looking forward to this day for such a long time,” said the dual Olympian on Jared receiving his belated gold medal.

“All of our families who were able to make it to London will be there. They were such a great support on the course on the day, and now we can't wait to belt out the national anthem with them all. It was really important to us to be able to celebrate the win with all of those who were part of that special day in London.”

While husband Jared has made the headlines of late, the talented Claire has previously had a her own share of the limelight due to her sporting achievements.  

Along with Jared, Claire competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the 20km race walk and claimed silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. 

Since retiring, she was walked alongside Jared and success has followed with Claire coaching him to a medal at every major championship since 2012.  

“I'm not just Jared's training partner and coach," she said. "We were made to be together we have an extremely unique relationship.”

“We know each other so well that when he's out on the course we need not say anything to each other, but know exactly what each other are thinking and feeling. To be able to find that person that you know so well in your life time is phenomenal.”

Jared and Claire Tallent celebrate the Comm Games medals

Jared too has been delighted with the progression of the coaching side of their relationship.  

“It’s been working really well,” he said.

“We work really well as a team together as we did when we were both athletes. She pretty much runs with me as I’m training, so she makes a really good training partner as well as a coach. So I’ll be walking and she’ll be running.”

“We’re pretty much together all day. We train together in the morning and the afternoon, which can take five hours most days, and then we have a few hours in the middle of the days between sessions, where we might be apart, but we are generally together all day."  

Finally receiving the gold medal for his London 2012 feats has made both Jared and Claire more determined to repeat the accomplishment at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“I'm so excited to be able to go to Rio as an Olympic team coach,” she stated. "To share our third Olympic Games together, and hopefully pick up some more bling is beyond our wildest dreams and expectations."