Rome gives Jared Tallent lift for Rio gold
Aussie Jared Tallent has a complete set of medals after finishing second in the 50km walk at the IAAF world team championships in Rome.
Hampered by injury in recent months, Tallent finished behind winner Alex Schwazer from Italy to add a silver medal to the gold and two bronze medals he previously won in the event.
The 31-year-old said the result showed he was on track for the Rio Olympics where he will be one of the favourites in the 50km.
"I've had a rough start to the year and this is a great turnaround," the Victorian said. "It all started to come together at altitude and to come away with this amazing performance shows me that I am back on track for Rio.
"This is the ideal stepping stone for the Olympic Games."
Tallent will continue his preparations for Rio with another race in Europe before returning to Melbourne for a very special presentation on June 17.
Beaten in the 50km event at the London Olympics by Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin, Tallent will be presented with the gold medal after the Russian was found guilty recently of doping and stripped of his medal.
"I can't wait to get my medal in Melbourne," he said.
"It will be the ultimate motivation to have it before heading overseas again. I can't wait to share it with my family and friends."
Having won silver in the 50km walk and bronze in the 20km walk at the 2008 Beijing Games, Tallent finished 54 seconds behind Kirdyapkin in London to become the only Australian male athletics competitor to win three Olympic medals.