|Born||23 March 1947|
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear county, England
Derek Talbot(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).
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.
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.
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||Mixed doubles||1977||Malmö, SWE|
|Badminton World Cup|
|3||Men's doubles||1979||Tokyo, JPN|
|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||Mixed doubles||1980||Groningen, NED|
|1||Mixed doubles||1970||Edinburgh, SCO|
|3||Mixed doubles||1978||Edmonton, CAN|
|1||Mixed doubles||1973, 1976, 1977||All England Open|
|2||Mixed doubles||1971, 1972, 1974||All England Open|
|1973||India Open||Elliot Stuart|| Indra Gunawan
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.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to badminton.