Derek Talbot

Derek Talbot MBE (born 23 March 1947) is a former English badminton player. One of Britain's most successful "all-rounders," he won eleven English National Championships four singles, three doubles, and four mixed doubles. He also won four Commonwealth Games gold medals and in partnership with the formidable Gillian Gilks he won three mixed doubles crowns at the prestigious All-England Open (1973, 1976, and 1977).

Derek Talbot
Polizeisportschau 1973 in der Ostseehalle (Kiel 55.923).jpg
1972 European champion Wolfgang Bochow (left) plays against Derek Talbot from England (right).
Personal information
NationalityBritish (English)
Born23 March 1947 [1]


World ChampionshipsEdit

He won a silver medal in the 1977 IBF World Championships in mixed doubles with Gillian Gilks, losing against Steen Skovgaard and Lene Køppen in the final.

1972 Summer OlympicsEdit

Talbot competed in badminton at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where badminton was played as a demonstration sport. In men's doubles he and Elliot Stuart, his former schoolfellow in Newcastle upon Tyne, were defeated in the semifinals by Ade Chandra and Christian Hadinata 15-8, 15-12. In mixed doubles he paired with Gillian Gilks and they won the gold medal, beating Svend Pri and Ulla Strand of Denmark in the final 15-6, 18-16.

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Derek Talbot was also successful at the Commonwealth Games, he won 4 gold medals, a silver medal and two bronze medals between 1970 and 1978.[2]

Major achievementsEdit

he won the gold medal in the Olympics Mixed Doubles demonstration sport event 1972 Munich with Gilian Gilks
Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
2 Mixed doubles 1977 Malmö, SWE
Badminton World Cup
3 Men's doubles 1979 Tokyo, JPN
European Championships
1 Mixed doubles 1972 Karlskrona, SWE
1 Mixed doubles 1974 Vienna, AUT
1 Mixed doubles 1976 Dublin, IRE
2 Mixed doubles 1970 Port Talbot, WAL
2 Men's doubles 1972 Karlskrona, SWE
2 Men's doubles 1976 Dublin, IRE
3 Singles 1974 Vienna, AUT
3 Mixed doubles 1980 Groningen, NED
Commonwealth Games
1 Mixed doubles 1970 Edinburgh, SCO
Men's doubles
Mixed doubles
1974 Christchurch, NZL
1 Team 1978 Edmonton, CAN
2 Singles 1978 Edmonton, CAN
3 Singles 1974 Christchurch, NZL
3 Mixed doubles 1978 Edmonton, CAN
Open Championships
1 Mixed doubles 1973, 1976, 1977 All England Open
2 Mixed doubles 1971, 1972, 1974 All England Open

International TournamentsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 India Open   Elliot Stuart   Indra Gunawan
  Amril Nurman
15–11, 15–8   Champion


Towards the latter stages of his badminton career Derek ran a sports shop, which specialised in racket sports, with ex-South African badminton internationalist Eddie Allen, and local man Neil Woodward, in Newcastle. They sold their own Vicourt badminton rackets. When he retired from serious competition, he set up his own badminton company called Talbot Torro Badminton. In recent years Derek left his more traditional career behind and ultimately set up the Natural Patient homeopathic centre in Ibiza.[3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to badminton.[4]


  1. ^ "1947 births". Free BMD.
  2. ^ Commonwealth Games medallists - Badminton
  3. ^ "About Derek Talbot". Natural Archived from the original on 20 August 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 23.