Jarred Tallent Bio: Olympics, Career & Retirement

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Jared Tallent is a renowned Australian race walker who won gold at the 2012 Olympics in the 50 km walk from London.

He has four Olympic medals, three World Championship medals, and the current Olympic record in the 50-kilometer walk.

Likewise, Tallent was born in Ballarat, Victoria, on October 17, 1984, to his parents, who own a potato farm. 

Jarred Tallent
Jarred Tallent

TAs one of the six children, Tallent went to Ballarat High School and Dean Primary School. In August 2008, he married race walker Claire Woods in Walkerville, South Australia.

On May 25, 2017, they welcomed their first child, Harvey Sebastian Tallent, into the world.

Jarred Tallent | Quick Facts

Full Name Jarred Tallent OAM
Birth Date 17 October 1984 
Birth Place Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Nick Name Not Known
Religion Not Available
Nationality Australian 
Race/ Ethnicity Not Known
  • Dean Primary School 
  • Ballarat High School
Horoscope Libra
Father’sName Not Known
Mother’sName Not Known
Siblings Five Siblings (Name not known)
Age 39 years old
Height 1.78 m (5’10”)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Shoe Size Not Available
Hair Color Golden
Eye Color Not Available
Body Measurement Not Available
Build Athlete
Marital Status Married
Wife Claire Woods
Profession/ Occupation Athlete, Australian Race Walker
Children Harvey Sebastian Tallent
Jarred Tallent Net Worth $1- $5 million
  • Gold in 50km in 2012
  • Silver in 50km in 2008 & 2016
  • Bronze in 20km in 2008
Common Wealth Game
  • Gold in 20km in 2010
  • Bronze in 20km in 2006
Race walking world group
  • Gold in 50km in 2012 & 2016
  • Silver in 50km in 2014
  • Bronze in 50km in 2010
Retirement March 2021 
Social Media Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Merch Track and Field Equipments
Last Update April, 2024

Jared Tallent Net Worth & Income 

Jarred Tallent’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be $5 Million. Tallent’s primary source of income source is majorly from being a very successful race walker representing Australia.

Likewise, his net worth has risen significantly from 2019 to 2021, increasing from $2 million to $5 million.

Being an avid race walker from Australia, Jarred started highlighting when he participated in national and international competitions and bagged various glorious awards and achievements. 

Jarred, after getting highlights, started hitting up the paparazzi and popularity, which also is the main reason for the increasing curve of his net worth in every passing year.

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Jared Tallent Personal Life

Talking about Jared’s personal life, he has been married to Claire Woods, an Australian Race Walker.

He married the Australian race walker with outstanding achievements Claire Woods in Walkerville, South Australia, in August 2008. The Australian couple gave birth to their first child Harvey Sebastian Tallent on May 25, 2017. 

Claire Woods ranked 19th in the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, but she made the podium at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, taking silver behind England’s Johanna Jackson.

Moreover, she started her 2011 season with a husband and wife double in the Australian 20 km walk championships, where she won the women’s event while her husband won the men’s.

Jarred Tallent
Jarred Tallent with his wife, Claire Wood

She then won first place at the Oceania Championships (Regional Division West) in both the 5000 m and 10 km races and raced in the 2012 Olympic Games in London but was disqualified.

After a break from participation, Woods finished 43rd in the Women’s 20 km walk at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. It had been eleven weeks since she had given birth to her son Harvey.

However, Woods was disqualified roughly 2 kilometers from the finish line while leading the 20-kilometer walk at the Commonwealth Games of 2018 on the Gold Coast.

She came in third in the women’s 50 km walk at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China, just weeks after being disqualified, with a time of 4:09:33, an Oceania and Australian record.

Jared Tallent Professional Career

Tallent won his first Olympic medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing third in the 20 km walk.

After placing second in the 50 km walk a week later, Tallent became the first Australian to win two athletic awards in the same Olympics since 1972. Likewise, he also became the first male Australian race walker to do it in 102 years.

At the World Championships in Athletics of 2009, he placed sixth and seventh in the 20 km, and 50 km walks. Tallent made a comeback in 2010 when he won a bronze medal facilitation in the 50 km race walk at the 24th World Race Walking Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Likewise, Tallent finished seventh in the 20 km walk at the 2012 London Olympics. Jarred was glorified with the gold medal in the 50 km walk a week later in a personal best and Olympic record time of 3:36:53.

Jarred Tallent
Jarred Tallent with his Gold Medal

Similarly, Jarred was initially given the silver medal. Still, the Court of Arbitration for Sport invalidated the results of doper Sergey Kirdyapkin, who had been the first walker across the finish line, from August 20, 2009, to October 15, 2012.

Tallent won his gold medal for the 2012 Olympics in a special ceremony on June 17, 2016.

He was glorified with silver in the Men’s 50 km walk at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Jarred became Australia’s most prolific Olympic male track and field medalist after winning four Olympic medals.

Due to a hamstring issue, Tallent was forced to withdraw from the 50 km walk at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

Between 2004 and 2012, he was trained by Brent Vallance at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

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Jared Tallent: Awards & Achievements 


  • Gold in 50km in 2012
  • Silver in 50km in 2008 and 2016
  • Bronze in 20km in 2008

“Winning the two medals in Beijing, backing up to win medals in the 20K and 50K within a week, that was also a pretty huge moment in my first Olympics.” – Jarred Tallent 

World Championships:

  • Silver in 50km in 2011, 2013 & 2015

Commonwealth Games:

  • Gold in 20km in 2010
  • Bronze in 20km in 2006

Race Walking World Cup:

  • Gold in 50km in 2012 and 2016
  • Silver in 50km in 2014
  • Bronze in 50km in 2010

Jared Tallent: Retirement 

Jared Tallent, Australia’s most successful male Olympic athlete, did not compete in Tokyo 2021 due to injuries, forcing him to retire at 36.

It ended his plans to compete in a fourth straight Olympic Games and add to the medals he earned in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016.

Likewise, Tallent won the Olympic gold medal in the 50-kilometer walk in London in 2012 when the original winner, Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia, was disqualified for doping.

Jared Tallent was forced to quit due to a recurrent hamstring issue that stopped him from competing in Australia’s national championships last month.

Tallent stated, “I had planned for Tokyo to be my swansong, but I’ve had a couple of setbacks from a hamstring injury, the most recent of which has put a halt to my final preparations for the big game, Australian 50km Race Walking Championships.”

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Jarred Tallent: Frequently Asked Questions 

Why did Jarred Tallent retire from his career at the age of 36?

Tallent retired in March 2021 after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for the Australian Olympic selection trials in 2021.

Who is Jarred Tallent married to?

He married the Australian race walker with outstanding achievements Claire Woods in Walkerville, South Australia, in August 2008.

How many Olympic medals have Jarred Tallent won his career?

Jarred Tallent, in total, has won 4 Olympic medals; 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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