Jared Tallent has pulled out of the world championships
Jared Tallent has pulled out of the world championships DEAN LEWINS

Top walking Tallent forced out of worlds

AUSTRALIA'S medal hopes at the world championships have suffered a major blow with Rio Olympic silver medallist Jared Tallent withdrawing because of injury.

Tallent has been forced out of the men's 50km walk because of a hamstring strain.

The three-time medallist at world titles has had an interrupted preparation following the birth of his first child, Harvey, with his wife Claire who is actually competing in the 20km in London.

"I have been challenged in my race walking (this year), with recurring injuries and now a hamstring complaint that will prevent me from being able to start," Tallent said.

"The decision to withdraw is never easy . . . it just wasn't meant to be this year."

Tallent, 32, has set his sights on being ready for the next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and then the 2018 World Race Walking Team Championships with Tokyo 2020 still on his agenda.

"I am not done yet when it comes to contesting for gold medals," he said.

Rio bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith is now Australia's big hope in the 20km event which is on the final day of the championships next Sunday.