Athlete celebrates finishing race weeks after giving birth

It's no surprise to see athletes celebrating with their babies after sporting events - but this time it was an even more special occasion at the World Athletic Championships in London.

Australian Claire Tallent, 36, was pictured raising her son Harvey high into the air after finishing the 20km walk race, just 12 weeks after giving birth to him.

She may only have finished 43rd in the event with a time of one hour and 37 minutes, but won plenty of praise for returning to action less than three months after childbirth.

And the welcoming face of her child at the finish line clearly meant the world to the athlete, whose best result in the race was winning silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.

Australian race walker Claire Tallent may have finished 43rd in the World Athletics Championships 20km walk but was delighted to celebrate with her baby son Harvey, pictured

Australian race walker Claire Tallent may have finished 43rd in the World Athletics Championships 20km walk but was delighted to celebrate with her baby son Harvey, pictured

The 36-year-old only gave birth to her first child 12 weeks ago before immediately returning to training to prepare for the London games

The 36-year-old only gave birth to her first child 12 weeks ago before immediately returning to training to prepare for the London games

Tallent, who is married to fellow Australian race walker Jared Talent, reserved a special kiss for her son as she raised him aloft upon finishing in just over one hour and 37 minutes

Tallent, who is married to fellow Australian race walker Jared Talent, reserved a special kiss for her son as she raised him aloft upon finishing in just over one hour and 37 minutes

The athlete could not keep the smile off her face as she raised her child high, pictured

She proceeded to shower Harvey with kisses

The athlete could not keep the smile off her face as she raised her child high, left, and showered him with kisses, right

It was Tallent's, pictured holding her son, first appearance for her country since the London 2012 Olympics

It was Tallent's, pictured

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