Australian selectors add new Tallent to athletics team

Claire Tallent has been recalled to the Australian athletics team just months after giving birth to her first child.
Claire Tallent has been recalled to the Australian athletics team just months after giving birth to her first child.

ATHLETICS: Two months after giving birth to their first child, Claire Tallent will join husband Jared in competing for gold at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Claire, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the 20km walk, was training the day after Harvey Tallent came into the world back in May, and in another twist to this extraordinary tale, she's replacing her sister-in-law in the Australian team.

Australia is set to send a team of more than 50 athletes to next month's world titles with Jared, the 2012 Olympic 50km walk champion, again one of the main medal chances alongside hurdles star Sally Pearson.

Claire, 36, was by her husband's side at the Rio Olympics last year acting as his coach when he finished second in the 50km event.

She'd retired after the 2012 Olympics to focus on trying to start a family but the couple experienced a number of problems and had been on IVF for the past couple of years.

Claire and Jared Tallent with baby Harvey.
Claire and Jared Tallent with baby Harvey.

A spot in the London team came about after Rachel Tallent, the sister of Jared, withdrew because of injury.

Claire had returned to competition on a part-time basis recently and registered the required qualifying time which meant she could get picked for the world championships.

A squad of 48 was named on Tuesday by Athletics Australia but another handful are set to be included in the coming days via the IAAF Roll-Down process, a system which fills event quotas based on international rankings.

The last-minute additions included US college runner Morgan McDonald and Queensland teenager Ella Connolly.

McDonald, who was originally from Sydney, attends the University of Wisconsin and ran a massive 5000m personal best of 13min15.83sec at the Night of Athletics meeting in Belgium at the weekend.

That was enough to secure a place as Australia's third 5000m representative alongside Sam McEntee and Patrick Tiernan.

Connolly has spent the past week representing Australia in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas where she won a number of medals.

The 17-year-old Queenslander has been added to the 4x400m relay team.

Athletics Australia chairman of selectors Dion Russell said having the biggest team since the 1999 world championships in Seville was a great pointer to next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The London world championships will be the last time the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, competes while distance star Mo Farah is also retiring after the event.

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