Derek Talbot MBE is a former English badminton player. One of Britain's best ever "all-rounders," he won multiple English National Championships, as well as numerous international titles, in badminton's three events - singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. In partnership with the formidable Gillian Gilks he won three mixed doubles crowns at the prestigious All-England Open (1973, 1976, and 1977).
When he retired from serious competition, he set up his own badminton company called Talbot Torro Badminton.
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.
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.
In recent years Derek left his more traditional career behind and ultimately set up the Natural Patient (http://www.naturalpatient.com/about_derek.htm )homeopathic centre in Ibiza.
|2||Mixed doubles||1977||Malmö, SWE|
|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|
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