Kenyan-born American long-distance runner, Aliphine Tuliamuk and her husband Tim Gannon had their traditional wedding on the New Year eve at their parents’ home in the highlands of Tapach in Pokot County.
Tuliamuk got engaged to Gannon on January 1, 2021 and the same month the couple was blessed with a beautiful daughter whom they named Zoe Cherotich Gannon, who was born on January 13, 2021.
Our daughter Zoe Cherotich Gannon arrived on 1/13/2021 and she is absolutely perfect. Her dad and I are just so overwhelmed with joy love and gratitude, and we can’t stop staring at her😁❤️
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Tuliamuk wrote on her social media page facebook how she had planned her wedding to have a modern touch combined with tradition.
“A week from today, Friday 31st, Tim Gannon and I will have our traditional (with some modern flair) pokot wedding/koyogh at my parents’ in the highlands of Tapach, it’s gonna be an awesome day, I feel it, bring your dance moves…”
The 32 year old holds a personal best time of 2:26.50 that she got at the 2019 Rotterdam Marathon where she finished in third place.
Tuliamuk won the 2020 Olympic women Marathon trials in Atlanta, on February 29, 2020, which qualified her to represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
She has been a world-class athlete since finishing 9th in the Junior Women’s race at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 21:09.
She finished 15th at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships at 33:43.
Athletics News team wish the newly wed the very best in their marriage!!!
WORLD ATHLETICS President Sebastian Coe has hailed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the people of Japan for allowing the dreams of the world’s athletes to come to life at what has proven to be the most globally successful edition of the Games for athletics.
A record 83 teams reached finals in Tokyo, highlighting the global reach of the sport, with 43 teams featuring on the medal podium and 23 of those winning gold.
Some 70 per cent of athletes only get one chance to compete at the Olympic Games and in Tokyo athletes made the most of the opportunity under the most challenging circumstances.
Coe thanked Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for providing the best possible platform on which the sport’s stars could shine. Over ten days of competition, three world records, 12 Olympic records, 28 area records and 151 national records were set in these history-making Games.
“To the people of Japan, we know the hardship you have endured and continue to endure in the face of this global pandemic,” Coe said.
“We owe you a massive debt of gratitude for your gracious hospitality, your professionalism and your friendship. You really have been simply the best and we thank you unreservedly.”
The tally of 43 countries on the medal table is the biggest in athletics for more than 20 years, underlining the diversity and depth of talent in the sport. Across all Olympic sports at the Tokyo Games, 93 teams earned medals, so almost 50 percent of those achieved their dreams in athletics.
For 12 teams – Bahamas, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Puerto Rico and Uganda – athletics was their pathway to the Olympic podium.
In total, athletes at the Games covered a combined distance of 2,045,750 metres in track events and 10,737km in road events. Field eventers threw a combined distance of 1508 metres and jumped a combined distance of 2490 metres.
While the platform was set for many record-breaking performances, the Tokyo 2020 Games will also be remembered for its surprise results, close contests, next generation breakthroughs and moments of fair play.
Among the new stars who shone on the global stage were teenagers Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson, who claimed respective gold and silver in the women’s 800m at the age of just 19.
Fourteen athletes under the age of 23 won medals, six of them gold, to underline the exceptional talent coming through the sport.
Meanwhile, one of the most heart-warming moments of the Games came in the men’s high jump when Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi – friends and rivals who battled the same career-threatening injury to make it to Tokyo – decided to share the gold.
All of these moments helped to engage and inspire fans around the globe. World Athletics’ social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok) received 14 million engagements during the duration of the Games, and content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube receiving 155 million impressions.
For the first time, World Athletics also provided a second screen experience – Inside Track Tokyo 2020 – which enabled fans to join celebrities, experts and families online as they shared their reactions live while following the excitement of the Games.
Athletes have been competing in Tokyo after cheating by manipulating times and photo-finish pictures, as well as shortening courses.
Competitors worldwide broke the rules to make the qualifying standard for Tokyo, World Athletics investigators have found.
Cheats from up to 16 countries were identified before the Games, leading to eight bans from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
But some of those suspected of wrongdoing are thought to have made it to Tokyo, having cheated via methods that also included the use of unauthorized field equipment and the illegal use of pacemakers.
The wide network of cheating is expected to have taken in officials from national federations wanting to get their athletes to the Games.
Competing in the Olympics can lead to considerable financial reward, especially for athletes from less wealthy nations. There are also political benefits in having as large a presence as possible at the Games.
‘In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, our team identified, analyzed and investigated potential instances of competition manipulation,’ David Howman, the AIU chair, said in a statement.
‘Thanks to our investigations, World Athletics refused to recognize several questionable qualifying performances. The AIU will continue to investigate these matters to determine if any fraudulent conduct was involved.’
The AIU identified cases of suspicious qualifying performances from 31 athletes across 16 countries in the lead-up to the Games.
Other cases have led to further investigation to determine if cheating took place.
The AIU has had considerable success in bringing sanctions against athletes since it was set up in 2016 under the stewardship of its head Brett Clothier, an Australian former lawyer with a background in sports integrity.
It brought forward the one doping case at Tokyo 2020 when the sprinter Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian world silver medalist, was suspended after testing positive for human growth hormone.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has revealed details of its testing programme in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The AIU’s testing programme is highly targeted and intelligence-led and is aimed at the elite Registered Testing Pool that consists of 782 athletes from 77 countries including 315 athletes who are a part of an extended road running pool. The focus is on the quality of testing, developing individual testing plans for each athlete, while also maintaining the volume that is required for a comprehensive programme in a global sport like athletics.
In the first six months of this year (to 15 July), the AIU collected over 3800 samples from tests conducted across the world. More than 2700 of these samples were collected out-of-competition. The remaining 1100 samples were collected through in-competition testing.
David Howman, Chair of the Athletics Integrity Unit said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges, but it has not affected the AIU’s determination to protect the integrity of athletics.
“While we have certainly had to adapt the way we are running our testing programme, our clear view was that as much testing as possible should continue while respecting all the applicable health and safety protocols. I believe that the details of our testing activities, from the start of 2020 to the middle of July 2021, will reassure clean athletes competing in Tokyo that we have done all we could to provide a level playing field.”
In 2020, the AIU collected over 4700 samples from athletes from 90 countries including 4204 samples collected out of competition.
While the in-competition testing opportunities were limited due to cancellations of events, the AIU focused on no-notice out-of-competition testing which led to a number of important cases being prosecuted.
These numbers are approximately 70% of the out-of-competition testing figures in a comparable year like 2018, which also did not have any major athletics event.
Testing during the Games
The AIU is working with the International Testing Agency (ITA) in the implementation of the pre-Games and Games-time testing programme organised on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Approximately 300 pre-competition tests are planned to be conducted at the Athletes Village prior to the start of the athletics events on 29 July, while 500 in-competition tests are planned to be conducted at the two venues in Tokyo and Sapporo, which will host the road events.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is the independent body created by World Athletics that manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping – for the sport of athletics. The remit of the AIU includes anti-doping, the pursuit of individuals engaged in age or competition results manipulation, investigating fraudulent behaviour with regards to transfers of allegiance, and detecting other misconduct including bribery and breaches of betting rules. It is the AIU’s role to drive cheats out of our sport, and to do everything within its power to support honest athletes around the world who dedicate their lives to reaching their sporting goals through dedication and hard work.