COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Talbot keeps his head held high

Danny Talbot was seventh in the men's 200m final in Glasgow last night

Danny Talbot was seventh in the men's 200m final in Glasgow last night

First published in Sport

DANNY Talbot saw his chances of a medal go up in smoke in the Commonwealth Games 200m final but the 23-year-old refused to be too downhearted after the result.

Talbot qualified for the final at Hampden Park third fastest from the semi-finals but ran out of steam in the showpiece event, coming home a disappointing seventh in a time of 20.45 seconds.

European bronze medallist in Helsinki two years ago and a member of the Team GB’s 4x100m relay squad at the London 2012 Olympics, Talbot was hoping to challenge the podium places in Glasgow.

But in the end, it was the familiar tale of a Jamaican one-two-three, albeit not the household names of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, that took the plaudits.

Rasheed Dwyer took gold, Warren Weir silver and Jason Livermore bronze leaving Talbot to rue what might have been.

“I felt really good in the heats and semis but I just couldn't back it up in the final,” said Talbot.

“I perhaps wasn't as competitive as I'd have liked to be but I think making the final against this top of field is a good sign of progress.

“I go into every race wanting to win but I probably didn't execute the race I should have – I don't really know what went wrong.

“I gave it my all so I can go home happy knowing I gave it my all but I’m a bit disappointed because I know I could have done more.

“It's been an amazing experience. I'm glad I made the final and I've learned a lot about myself.”

Next up for Talbot is a return to the European Championships in less than two weeks time – this time held in Zurich in Switzerland.

And after watching his England teammate Adam Gemili take silver in the 100m earlier this week, Talbot is itching to get back to competitive action.

“I'm feeling good about the experience and where British sprinting is, especially after Adam Gemili's silver in the 100m,” he added.

“It's not going to get any easier at the Europeans, you've got Christophe Lemaitre in there and Adam is right in form.

“It's another international championships and another chance to push myself forward.

“I think I’ve learned a lot in terms of how to handle myself against these big names but you come into championships wanting to do your best but I need to start moving on from these 20.4s.

“I need to start getting down into the low 20 seconds to be competitive – I don't think I’m that far off.

“The consistent base is there but I need one race where it clicks which would be a massive confident boost and hopefully I can run low 20 seconds after that.”

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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