Lieja Tunks

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Lieja Tunks
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Personal information
Full name Liesbeth Jantina Tunks-Koeman
Born (1976-03-10) 10 March 1976 (age 38)
Purmerend, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m
Weight 85 kg
Updated on 21 March 2008.

Liesbeth ("Lieja") Jantina Tunks, née Koeman (born 10 March 1976 in Purmerend, Noord-Holland) is a shot putter, who represents Canada after switching from the Netherlands in 2006. She married the Canadian discus thrower Jason Tunks in the spring of 2003.

Her personal best throw is 18.82 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Arnhem.

Was nicknamed "Lieja Trunks" after her marriage to Jason in reference to her large, treetrunk-like legs. The name Lieja is just the Spanish version of the Belgian town Liège close to the birthplace of Liesbeth (notice that current Belgian and Dutch territories were parts of the Kingdom of Spain for many years in the 17th and 18th centuries).

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
Representing  Netherlands
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 20th 17.45 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 9th 17.96 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 12th 17.89 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd
European Championships Munich, Germany 10th 17.54 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 10th
2004 Olympic Games Olympia, Greece 11th 18.14 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 5th
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 11th
Representing  Canada

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Awards
Preceded by
Carole Thate
Amsterdam Sportswoman of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Mieke de Boer