Danny Talbot Retires From Athletics
After a decorated career that featured gold at the World, Commonwealth, and European levels, the thirty-year-old sprinter lays up his spikes. Danny Talbot, a British athlete, has retired from the sport of athletics. Danny Talbot retires from athletics.
Danny Talbot, a two-time European 200m bronze medalist, and World and European 4x100m champion, has announced his retirement from sports.
Despite recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of the Tokyo Olympics, the sprinter says he made the decision on his “own terms.” He also won European U23 silver medals in the 4x100m and 200m relays.
“Ironically, I am back healthy and fit today,” he told British Athletics, “but it is absolutely the correct time for me to move on.” Although the last several years have not been ideal, I can honestly say that they have been enjoyable!
“I was stuck in Texas during a major snowstorm in February this year, limping about in my apartment with an injury, and it was a pretty unpleasant time with me being injured for six to eight weeks.” However, it convinced me that I would not finish in that manner because I enjoy the sport and did not want to leave on negative terms.
“Athletics has formed me as a person; I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and compete in major championships, and I have so many good and great memories from the sport that I’m grateful for everything,” he disclosed British Athletics.
His achievements. Danny Talbot retires from athletics.
World and European 4x100m champion
Commonwealth 4x100m silver medallist
Two-time European 200m bronze medallist
“Looking back, it was an incredible time from that relay at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 where it all fell apart, to rebuilding together, developing closer as a team, and getting it perfect,” Talbot continues.
“I truly remember us knowing dated in February in 2017 that we would win gold in London that year.” We were so confident in one another that when we won, I didn’t feel relieved; instead, I felt pure delight because we knew we could do it.
“As a result, I’m committed to giving back to the sport, and it’s my goal to remain active.” I completed my coaching certification last year and am excited to see where my career will take me.”
“I gave up golf when I was 15, and I really enjoyed it; I’m looking forward to picking it up again, and I just had my first lesson in 15 years.” It’s good to be able to do something normal that you don’t get to do as an athlete, like play 5-a-side football with a group of friends!
“I also took a vacation last summer at a ‘normal’ time of year rather than out of season, and I can now see my friends and family much more frequently, which is difficult when you live near where you train.” I’ve never regretted or resented the change in lifestyle, but it’s wonderful to live differently now.”
Talbot raced in the World Junior Championships for the first time as a 19-year-old in 2010, and he expresses his gratitude to those who have supported him over the years.
“I’ve been lucky to work with some incredible coaches, as well as some incredible people who have shaped my life,” says the sprinter. “From Dan Cossins, who managed my early senior years, through Benke (Blomkvist) and Vince Anderson, who have been essential in my development.
“On the relay program, Stephen Maguire had a lot of faith in me, and Christian Malcolm was a terrific mentor to me both as an athlete and as our team coach for the relay. Not to mention Jen Savage, a sport psychologist who has played a key role in several of my accomplishments. Also, the late Neil Black, who was my physio when I initially joined the squad and then later on when I was performing well.
“I’ve had the luxury of some extremely knowledgeable individuals who understand how to mix competing with all of the other facets of athletics.” As a result, I am extremely thankful to my agents, Jane Cowmeadow and Caroline Feith, for their excellent guidance. And it goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without my incredible friends, family, and loved ones cheering me on at every turn.
“The problem of mentioning people is that you’ll always leave someone out, but I hope everyone understands how thankful I am for their help and input.”
Talbot’s personal bests
60 metres in 6.62 seconds at Sheffield United Kingdom, 2014
100 metres in10.14 seconds at Bedford, 2014
150 metres 15.06 seconds at Gateshead, 2016
200 metres in 20.16 seconds in London, 2017.
Talbot’s legacy will be there forever and now he will be taking his coaching career as well. Many took to their social media to praise him for the tremendous effort he has added to the World of Athletics.