Lieja Tunks

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Lieja Koeman
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Personal information
Full name Liesbeth Jantina Koeman
Born (1976-03-10) 10 March 1976 (age 41)
Purmerend, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Updated on 21 March 2008.

Liesbeth ("Lieja") Jantina Koeman, formerly Leija Tunks, (born 10 March 1976 in Purmerend, North Holland) is a shot putter, who represents Canada after switching from the Netherlands in 2006.

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


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 12th Shot put 14.83 m
17th (q) Discus 43.20 m
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 6th Shot put 16.82 m
6th Discus 54.62 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 20th Shot put 17.45 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 9th Shot put 17.96 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 12th Shot put 17.89 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd Shot put 18.53 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 10th Shot put 17.54 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 10th Shot put 17.99 m
2004 Olympic Games Olympia, Greece 11th Shot put 18.14 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd Shot put 18.11 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 5th Shot put 17.76 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th Shot put 17.83 m
Representing  Canada

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