RACHEL Tallent is poised to join brother Jared at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year.
The 23-year-old walked her way into the forefront of Australian selectors’ minds with victory in the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in Adelaide on Sunday.
The younger sister of the three-time Olympic medallist – who is her coach – is now expected to be formally selected in the national team.
Tallent, a former Ballarat High School student who now lives in Canberra, produced a personal best qualifying time of 1.31.32hr in claiming her first senior Australian title.
She told The Courier she was “surprised” and “over the moon” with her performance.
“I didn’t expect it to go so well,” Tallent said.
Tallent said she was now confident of gaining a place in the Australian team for the Games, which will be held between August 5-21.
Tallent said it would be a huge thrill to join her brother in what is the biggest sporting event on the globe.
“It would be so exciting. It’s like a dream come true,” Tallent said.
“I have wanted to go to the Olympics ever since I was really little.
“If I go, we are both going to be there together so it will be pretty awesome.”
Tallent was able to have a laugh following the hard work that had gone in to preparing for Sunday’s event, which came a day after her birthday.
“I can finally eat some cake,” she joked.
Jared Tallent, who admitted he was really proud of his sister, is gearing up for his third Olympic Games appearance.
The 31-year-old claimed silver and bronze medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing and then backed it up with another silver in London four years later. He is hoping the London performance will be turned to gold with his conqueror – Russian drug cheat Sergey Kirdyapkin – facing disqualification from the event.
There is report a decision from the Court of Arbitration of Sport could be known this week.
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