TALLENT Claire < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 06 Jul 1981 in Adelaide, AUS
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Jared Tallent
Other names Claire Woods
Residence Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation Coach, Public Servant
Languages English
Higher education Physical Education - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age 14. She had originally been a middle distance runner.
Why this sport? Initially a middle distance runner, she took up race walking at age 14 after filling in for her club in the final of an interclub competition. She then continued to compete in junior competition until taking a two-year break in 2000. After trying other sports, including football, she returned to race walking in the middle of 2001.
Club / Team Enfield Harriers Athletics Club: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach Eric Hollingsworth
Training Regime Her husband is her training partner. She also coaches him.
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Cup
Location Spain
General Interest
Nicknames Bear, Woodsy, Tiger (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, finishing in the top 20 at the 2010 World Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico. (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Injuries In 2002 she suffered from an oesophageal ulcer which affected her performance and in 2002 she suffered from tendonitis in her foot. (timerickson.geo, 03 Jun 2008)
Famous relatives Her husband Jared Tallent is also a race walker. He won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (skynews.com.au, 15 Aug 2013; athletics.com.au, 27 Aug 2010)
Other information RETIREMENT
In 2013 she retired from competition to coach her husband Jared, who also is an Australian race walker. The couple moved from Canberra to Adelaide, where she grew up. She said the decision was based on family, but that she would not totally close the door on making a run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (adelaidenow.com.au, 12 Mar 2013)