First ever Tongan taekwondo athlete qualifies for the Rio Olympics

The Kingdom of Tonga will be represented at the Rio Olympic in August by Pita Nikolas Taufatofua who has become the first Tongan taekwondo athlete to be qualified after he won a gold medal in the Taekwondo Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The 33-year-old’s golden achievement was the largest upset during last month’s  Oceania qualifier tournament in Port Moresby on Saturday 27 at the final of the men’s +80kg where he defeated New Zealand’s Dafydd Sanders in the finals.

Taufatofua’s success was welcomed by friends and family on social media.

amazing work Pita!!! Go hard!” wrote Shannon Small on Facebook.  

Congrats bro!……Good job well done!…God is good!” Ilisapeti Milika Feleti Lono. 


“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” Phillipians 4:13A lifetime of pain but it was worth every moment!! 󾌸󾌸We qualified to Rio I Am An Olympian!#DreamsDoComeTrue #TaekwondoTonga

Posted by Pita Taufatofua on Saturday, February 27, 2016

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