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Aliphine Tuliamuk gets married to Tim Gannon (VIDEO)

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.

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!!!

NOC-K: We Did Not Mismanage Tokyo Funds

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has defended themselves from any corruption and mismanagement of funds at the concluded Tokyo Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan.

There was public outcry that there was funds mismanagement and top officials summoned to parliament to explain how the taxpayers money was used, NOC-K president Paul Tergat said that they have not misused any funds meant for athletes in Tokyo and their books are in order.

“We are clean and we have nothing to hide. Whatever you are seeing on social media buzz it will come to pass. For us, we are the most dependable team that Kenya has ever had,” said Tergat during the award ceremony of the Tokyo Olympians in Eldoret.

He added that since they were athletes and understood the welfare of athletes, they could not indulge in corruption deals that could sabotage athletes’ efforts in enjoying their sweat as well as killing their integrity.

“Majority of us who are leading this team are former athletes and we understand what it takes to be one. We cannot engage in funds mismanagement yet we were there during those days. We care much about athletes and that is why integrity had to come first before anything else,” said Tergat.

Waithaka Kioni who was the Chef De Mission, defended his move to Tokyo by avoiding carrying cash but allowed the ministry to deposit the amount in banks.

“Before heading to Tokyo, I was told to carry money in cash but my integrity could not allow me to do that and decided that the money should be deposited in a bank account, not me. I went there very clean and returned clean too,” said Kioni.

He added that he did that to avoid the devil of Rio de Janeiro to follow a reputable team to Tokyo.

This comes after the 2016 Rio de janeiro Games Chef de Mission Stephen Soi was jailed for mismanagement of funds meant for athletes. He was judged alongside former Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario.

America Goes Wild over Olympian Athing Mu Arrival (VIDEO)

When the New Jersey native arrived at Easterwood Airport, Olympic champion Athing Mu found a crowd gathered to welcome her.

More than 200 people gathered at Easterwood Airport  to watch Tokyo Olympics double gold medallist Athing Mu come back to her native Aggieland.

As she came through the doors, the Olympian became overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the crowd, and graciously thanked them for welcoming her as the crowd began chanting “USA, USA!”

Texas A&M track star and Olympian Athing Mu broke records and won two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics, which came to an end last week.

Only 19 years old, Mu was one of the breakout stars of the Tokyo Olympic games, by winning the gold medal in the 800m with a record time of 1:55.21, becoming the first American woman to win the race in 53 years.

She also became the first Aggie, regardless of gender, to win gold in an individual track game.

Her smile was infectious as she dominated a talented 800 meter field to win the gold in that event.

Then, not long before the closing of the games, she anchored Team USA in the 4×400 meter relay to win gold alongside Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix and Dalilah Muhammad. With a final time of 3:16.85, Team USA beat runner-ups Poland and Jamaica by nearly four seconds.

Though she had a lead when she took the baton, Mu ran the fastest leg in the race and crossed the finish line with no other runners even close to her.

In her Aggie tenure, Mu finished a collegiate record of 49.57 at the NCAA Championship back in June.

Mu, 19, is a New Jersey native and plans to continue her track tenure outside of the NCAA and into the professional arena after the Olympics.

 

Brigid Kosgei to defend her London marathon title

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei will defend her London Marathon title that will be held on 3rd October in London.

The 27-year-old who won a silver Medal behind Peres Jepchirchir at the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games will be aiming for her third consecutive London Marathon victory.

“Last year’s win was very special, particularly given what the whole world was going through – it was fantastic just to have the London Marathon organised and even more so to be the winner,” Kosgei was quoted saying in a statement from the race organisers.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born beat the previous world record set 16 years by Paula Radcliffe by 1 minute 24 seconds in Chicago in 2019.

Kosgei will be, racing again just eight weeks after the very testing conditions of the Olympic Games marathon in Sapporo, will be challenged by reigning TCS New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and six other women who have run under two hours and 20 minutes.

The elite women’s field includes Ethiopians Roza Dereje (ETH), whose PB of 2:18.30 makes her the tenth-fastest female marathoner of all time, and Birhane Dibaba of a PB of 2:18.35, who won the Tokyo Marathon in 2018 and 2015 and finished second in the same race on three other occasions (2020, 2017 and 2014).

Valary Jemeli also from Kenya has been included in the star studded list carrying on her shoulder a personal best of 2:19.10, that she got at the 2019 Frankfurt Marathon. Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer  and Tigist Girma who have 2:19.28 and 2:19.50 are also lined up for the top honors battle.

Also included is Australia’s Sinead Diver, who has had two top 10 Virgin Money London Marathon finishes in the past two years and was tenth at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

French Marathon Runner Denies Deliberately Knocking Water Bottles

Morhad Amdouni has denied deliberately knocking water bottles from a table during the men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday.

Around the 28km mark, the Frenchman – who was running with the leading pack – knocked numerous bottles from a hydration station, meaning some athletes behind him were unable to pick one up. Temperatures during the marathon approached 30 degrees Celsius.

Video of the incident, which went viral on social media, sparked anger. Piers Morgan, for example, awarded Amdouni, “The Gold medal for biggest dickhead of the Tokyo Olympics”.

In a Facebook post, Amdouni said that he had knocked over the bottles as they were slippery.
“To guarantee freshness to the bottles, these are soaked in water,” he said.
“Which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I am trying to get one from the beginning of the row but these barely slide we touch them.”

Earlier, he had also addressed the controversy in a video on Instagram where he apologized to his fellow runners.
“With fatigue and all that, I was gradually starting to lose lucidity and energy, while hanging on,” he said.

“I would like to apologize to the athletes. At one point, I was trying to be able to hold a bottle of water but I dropped some. It was not easy, trying to be able to hang on …
“In principle, I try to be able to share also during the race, the bottles of water, while respecting everyone and going high and proud, to be able to fight for our colors of the jersey.”

The 33-year-old – who won gold in the 10,000m at the 2018 European Championships – finished 17th in the marathon, 5:55 behind gold medal winner Eliud Kipchoge.

Alsadik Mikhou Provisionally Suspended for Blood Doping during Tokyo games

International Testing Agency (ITA) has provisionally suspended Bahrain middle distance runner Alsadik Mikhou for receiving a blood transfusion during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Moroccan-born athlete competed in the men’s 1,500m heats last Tuesday, but failed to advance as he finished eighth in a time of 3:42.87.

The 21 year-old is the third athlete to fail a doping test at Tokyo 2020. Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare and Kenyan 100m runner Mark Otieno Odhiambo were both previously suspended for drug violations.