Claire Tallent

Claire Woods, born 6 July 1981 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian racewalker.

Claire Tallent in 2008

Claire Woods has represented Australia at the Olympic Games, World Championships in Athletics and medalled at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

She married international racewalker and dual Olympic gold medallist Jared Tallent in Walkerville, South Australia in August 2008.[1] Their first child Harvey Sebastian Tallent was born on 25 May 2017.[2]

Claire Woods was 19th at the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, but reached the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where she claimed the silver medal behind England's Johanna Jackson. She began her 2011 season with a husband and wife double at the Australian 20 km walk championships, taking the women's title while her husband won on the men's side.[3]

She then achieved the 1st position in both the 5000 m and 10 km events at the Oceania Championships (Regional Division West), and in the same year competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but was disqualified.

Following a hiatus from competition, she came 43rd in the Women's 20 km walk at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. This was eleven weeks after giving birth to her son Harvey.[4]

While leading the 20 km walk at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, she was Disqualified approximately 2 km from the finishing line.[5]

Weeks after her disqualification, she finished third at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China in the women's 50 km walk in an Oceania and Australian record of 4:09:33.[6]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Australia
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 14th 20 km 1:45:07 hrs
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 27th 20 km 1:33:02 hrs
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 27th 20 km 1:38:12 hrs
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 2nd 20 km 1:36:55 hrs
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 21st 20 km 1:34:46 hrs
2012 Oceania Championships (Regional Division West) Cairns, Australia 1st 5000 m 21:57.48 min
1st 10 km 44.19 min
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 20 km DQ
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 43rd 20 km 1:37:05
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 20 km DQ


  1. ^ Gullan, Scott (22 August 2008). "Jared Tallent and Claire Woods to wed in Walkerville". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ Homray, Reece (29 May 2017). "Australian racewalking couple Jared and Claire Tallent welcome the pitter patter of little feet with their first child". The Advertiser. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ Johnson, Len (19 February 2011). "Tallents open 2011 with Australian 20Km titles in Hobart-IAAF Race Walking Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. Archived 22 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Now that's how you take the baby for a walk". 14 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Montag wins walk; Tallent disqualified". 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ "High and low – Claire Tallent | SERIES | World Athletics".

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