Derek Talbot
Polizeisportschau 1973 in der Ostseehalle (Kiel 55.923).jpg
Wolfgang Bochow (left) plays against Derek Talbot from England (right).
Personal information
CountryEngland
Born (1947-03-23) 23 March 1947 (age 75)[1]
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear county, England
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  England
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1977 Malmö Mixed doubles
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Tokyo Men's doubles
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1974 Christchurch Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1970 Edinburgh Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1974 Christchurch Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Edmonton Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Christchurch Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Edmonton Mixed doubles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1972 Karlskrona Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1974 Vienna Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1976 Dublin Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1972 Karlskrona Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1970 Port Talbot Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Vienna Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Groningen Mixed doubles
European Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 1972 Karlskrona Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1974 Vienna Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1980 Groningen Mixed team

Derek Talbot MBE (born 23 March 1947) is a former English badminton player. One of Britain's most successful "all-rounders," he won eleven English National Championships four singles, three doubles, and four mixed doubles. He also won four Commonwealth Games gold medals and in partnership with the formidable Gillian Gilks he won three mixed doubles crowns at the prestigious All-England Open (1973, 1976, and 1977).

Career

World Championships

He won a silver medal in the 1977 IBF World Championships in mixed doubles with Gillian Gilks, losing against Steen Skovgaard and Lene Køppen in the final.

1972 Summer Olympics

Talbot competed in badminton at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where badminton was played as a demonstration sport. In men's doubles he and Elliot Stuart, his former schoolfellow in Newcastle upon Tyne, were defeated in the semifinals by Ade Chandra and Christian Hadinata 15–8, 15–12. In mixed doubles he paired with Gillian Gilks and they won the gold medal, beating Svend Pri and Ulla Strand of Denmark in the final 15–6, 18–16.

Commonwealth Games

Derek Talbot was also successful at the Commonwealth Games, he won 4 gold medals, a silver medal and two bronze medals between 1970 and 1978.[2]

Major achievements

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
2 Mixed doubles 1977 Malmö, SWE
Badminton World Cup
3 Men's doubles 1979 Tokyo, JPN
European Championships
1 Mixed doubles 1972 Karlskrona, SWE
1 Mixed doubles 1974 Vienna, AUT
1 Mixed doubles 1976 Dublin, IRE
2 Mixed doubles 1970 Port Talbot, WAL
2 Men's doubles 1972 Karlskrona, SWE
2 Men's doubles 1976 Dublin, IRE
3 Singles 1974 Vienna, AUT
3 Mixed doubles 1980 Groningen, NED
Commonwealth Games
1 Mixed doubles 1970 Edinburgh, SCO
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Men's doubles
Mixed doubles
1974 Christchurch, NZL
1 Team 1978 Edmonton, CAN
2 Singles 1978 Edmonton, CAN
3 Singles 1974 Christchurch, NZL
3 Mixed doubles 1978 Edmonton, CAN
Open Championships
1 Mixed doubles 1973, 1976, 1977 All England Open
2 Mixed doubles 1971, 1972, 1974 All England Open

International tournaments

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1973 India Open England Elliot Stuart Indonesia Indra Gunawan
Indonesia Amril Nurman
15–11, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Champion

Post-Badminton

Towards the latter stages of his badminton career Derek ran a sports shop, which specialised in racket sports, with ex-South African badminton internationalist Eddie Allen, and local man Neil Woodward, in Newcastle. They sold their own Vicourt badminton rackets. When he retired from serious competition, he set up his own badminton company called Talbot Torro Badminton. In recent years Derek left his more traditional career behind and ultimately set up the Natural Patient homeopathic centre in Ibiza.[3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to badminton.[4]

References

  1. ^ "1947 births". Free BMD.
  2. ^ Commonwealth Games medallists – Badminton
  3. ^ "About Derek Talbot". Natural Patient.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 23.