JARED Tallent wants to go the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games as a world champion.
Nanjing Night Net

Winning a world racewalking title is the three-time Olympic medallist’s next major ambition.

Olympic gold, to add to his two silver medals and a bronze, is naturally still a burning desire, but he will get two opportunities for a world crown before Rio comes around.

Next year’s world championships are in Moscow and the 2015 titles are in Beijing, where he claimed silver and bronze in the 2008 Olympics.

Tallent finished third in the 50km at last year’s world championships in Korea.

The new world number one walker over 20-50km spoke about his ambitions during a busy day in and around Ballarat yesterday, catching up with family, friends and fans.

He and his wife Claire, who was disqualified in the women’s 20km walk in London, visited Black Hill and Creswick Primary Schools.

Jared has cousins who attend Black Hill, where his sisters Ebony and Rachel were also pupils.

He is a past Creswick PS pupil and also has nephews attending the school.

The world rankings, with Tallent on top, were released on Tuesday.

London Olympics 50km gold medallist Sergey Kirdyapkin is second.

Tallent, who is originally from Newlyn, said it was great to be home “chilling” out with his family.

He said that although he went to London to win a gold medal, he could not be happier with his performance in the 50km – especially after the shock of getting two red cards inside the opening 20km.

A third red would have disqualified him.

Tallent walked a personal best and bettered the previous Olympic record.

He said he recovered extremely well from the London campaign, which also included the 20km event.

The Olympics might be behind them, but this does not mean the Tallents will be easing back their racewalking program.

They will contest the Australian (20km) Road Walking Championships in Adelaide on August 26 and the final leg (10km) of the World Challenge in China next next month.

Tallent acknowledges neither event will be easy.

With 50km now his preferred distance, Tallent said he did not necessarily have the pace required over the likes of 10km.

He will have a short break after China before walking in the Melbourne Marathon, something he has done twice before and describes as a a “bit of fun”.

Jared and Claire Tallent begin a national tour next month, taking part in a series of Olympic welcome parades. They will be in Sydney on Monday, Melbourne on Wednesday, Adelaide on Thursday and Brisbane on Friday, leading into appearances in Perth and Canberra.

Claire and Jared Tallent show off the silverware in Ballarat yesterday.

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