HE is hoping it may not be true but Danny Talbot concedes he may just have experienced the greatest day of his athletics career, writes KEVIN FAHEY.

Just aged 26 the Trowbridge Tornado still has plenty of dreams and ambitions to fulfil, but he is wise enough to know that the events of Saturday, August 12, 2017 in the World Championships at the London Stadium may be very hard to beat.

Linking up with CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake the Trowbridge Tornado delivered one of the great performances in British athletics history as they won they won the World Championships sprint relay title for the first time and in a national record time.

For Talbot, the victory was particularly sweet coming five years after the disqualification in the Olympics when the handover to Gemili went wrong, but that errant moment is now very much part of history as he and his fellow sprinters reflect on a magic moment.

“You obviously hope that in future you can go on and do that sort of thing again but in terms of emotional feeling and sheer happiness that moment will never be matched,” said Talbot.

After everything we went through in 2012, especially Adam and myself, the fact that we individually and as a group won our first World Championships title in front of our home crowd and in such a close race with the Americans and with the Jamaicans and Usain Bolt on his final championship appearance in there as well, will never ever happen again.

“I think the only way to match that individually would be to win gold at the 100m or 200m in the Olympics and titles like that are incredibly difficult to win; I just don’t think this will ever get any bigger for any of us.

“To do it in London and share the moment with three other guys as a team was a truly amazing feeling and I don’t think we will ever get that same feeling again.

“I think it was the biggest opportunity of our lives and we got it right when it mattered.”

Not many sportsmen or women can boast that though one who can is 'Bath Bullet' Jason Gardener.

Gardener started his career training at the Melksham track and his greatest hour came in the 2004 Olympics in Athens when he was part of the GB sprint relay team that stunned the Americans to win the title and cement his place in history.

“Afterwards everyone talked about the similarity with the relay win at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and in many respects we had similar athletes on each leg,” added Talbot.

“The guys from 2004 have been very supportive towards us and really wanted us to do well.”

As to the future Talbot’s coach, Benke Blomkwist, is already working on a schedule to make him faster in 2018 because he is far too young to be resting on his laurels.

“At 26 I am actually the oldest guy in the relay squad so we have a very young set-up and we feel we can get better because we haven’t reached our peak yet,” said Talbot.

“That is how I feel because I am improving and running personal bests every year and I know I can get better. In my individual 200m I was disappointed not to make the final as I felt so great in the heats when I ran a PB (20.16secs).

“My coach has already analysed the event and there are things will be working on for next year with the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

“Individually we are all looking to improve and that will only help the relay as we build up to the next Olympics in 2020.”

The greatest day of his career? Probably but Talbot isn’t ready to retire just yet.