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OLYMPICS: Talbot gets a lift from relay
DANNY Talbot insists that he won’t be letting his head drop after his whirlwind Olympic debut that saw the Team GB 4x100m relay team disqualified in last Friday’s heats.
The 21-year-old Trowbridge Tornado was on cloud nine after being given the nod for the third leg ahead of fellow 200m specialist James Ellington at the Olympic Stadium.
But his handover to fellow youngster Adam Gemili was completed outside of the changeover box, resulting in Britain’s elimination from the competition.
A season’s best time of 37.93, which would have also secured a bronze medal in Saturday’s final, was in vain and Talbot revealed that the two elder statesmen in the British quartet, Christian Malcolm and Dwain Chambers, were on hand to put an arm round him and Gemili.
“It’s still really disappointing and watching the final and seeing Canada finish third (before subsequently being disqualified) was really hard because we would have beaten them,” said Danny.
“After we did our first interview after the race, Dwain and Christian did all the interviews in the mixed zone for us and everyone else in the team was really good to us too.
“But there’s nothing that can be done about it now and I’m not going to carry on being upset about it – we did our best on the day but, sadly, it wasn’t enough.
“The noise in the Olympic Stadium when people saw you in your GB vest was amazing and I still can’t quite believe that I’ve run at the Olympics.
“It’s been a really mentally tiring experience and I really glad to be back home and back into training every day – I’ve now got to sit down with my coach and plan the next four years.”
Talbot is in action on Monday when he runs a 200m in Budapest and will be following that up with a 100m at the Weltklasse Diamond Grand Prix in Zurich on August 27.
The latter will also see a re-union of the Olympic relay squad.
Talbot said: “We all feel we could have broken the British and European relay record (37.73secs set in 1999) in London so we are looking forward to having another go in Zurich at the end of the month.
“We have a chance in Zurich to show what we could have done and build on that for the future.”