DANNY Talbot is already thinking about medals after being named in the England team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane next spring, writes KEVIN FAHEY.

The Trowbridge Tornado will first run the individual 200m before switching his attention to the sprint relay, an event in which the British quartet finished on top of the World at the global championships in London this summer.

Down Under, Talbot and his England team-mates, most of whom were in that GB outfit, will want to prove they are the best again as they take on the powerful Jamaican squad.

“I think the only sprinter from London who won’t be going with the team to Brisbane for the Commonwealths is CJ Ujah,” said Talbot.

“We will be going there to at least win a medal and we are expecting it to be gold.

“Ultimately, I want to win two medals at the championships. In the 200m, I was officially ninth quickest in London (Talbot narrowly failed to make the final) and fifth among the Commonwealth athletes.

“That means competition will be tough as there are some very good sprinters from the Caribbean plus Canada.”

Brisbane will be Talbot’s second appearance in the Commonwealth Game, having reached the final of the 200m in Glasgow for years ago.

Since then, the former St Augustine’s student has gone on to represent GB at the Olympics, World and European Championships to establish himself as one of this country’s best sprinters.

“I finished seventh in Glasgow so now I have to move up a step and aim to win a medal in Brisbane,” added Talbot.

“And if you are going to aim to finish in the top three then you might as well go for gold so that is the target for Brisbane.”

The Wiltshire ace is currently training hard at his base in Loughborough and has yet to decide where he will open his racing programme for 2018.

A short indoor season is a possibility, though he has ruled out the World Indoors, while he may also consider going to Australia early to take advantage of their summer season to sharpen up before the Commonwealth Games get underway on April 4.

“Making sure I am in peak shape for April and then coming back and getting ready for the Europeans in the summer is a new challenge for me so I am really looking forward to the next few months,” said Talbot.

“The 2018 season is going to be another exciting one.”