Claire Tallent (Woods) competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the 20km race walk finishing 28th in a time of 1:33:02. She made her international debut at the Race Walking Cup in Naumburg, Germany. Claire married Olympian Jared Tallent just after the Beijing Olympics.
A silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Tallent matched her husband’s feat of winning the 2012 National title in the 20km event to qualify for the London Games.
Hours after watching husband Jared win silver in the 20km event, Tallent took the road herself in the women’s 20km event. She was the leading Australian throughout the first 12km of the race, sitting in 10th, but was disqualified soon after and pulled from the event.