Pita Taufatofua (37) was defeated by World Champion, Vladislav Larin (25) in his first Olympic match yesterday in the 80+kg division, going down 24 - 3, in Tokyo last night. “Today wasn’t my day team. Blocked some solid kicks with my face, still standing, still pushing forward...with a smile,” he said.
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Results for Tonga Taekwondo
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Friday 21 August 2020
Tonga celebrated Olympic Day today with the Tonga National Taekwondo team performing a demonstration at the Basilica of St Anthony and Padua in Nuku’alofa.
Monday 2 March 2020
Gold Coast, Australia
Tonga’s famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, has made history again for the Kingdom, after qualifying in Taekwondo for his third Olympics in a row on 29 February, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Malia Paseka also secured an Olympic spot, for the first time in Taekwondo.
Tuesday 28 May 2019
A team of eight taekwondo practitioners, six males and two females, are training hard to cement their spot to represent Tonga for the very first time at the Pacific Games held in Samoa in July. By Eleanor Gee.
Tuesday 2 August 2016
Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s first Olympic Taekwondo athlete, will aim for gold at the Rio Olympics competing in the Men’s +80kg division on Saturday 20 August. A lifetime of pain and struggle was worth every moment to reach the Olympics, says Pita when reflecting on his journey to becoming an Olympian. It cost him six broken bones, three torn ligaments, three months in a wheelchair, a year and a half on crutches and hundreds of hours of physiotherapy, and he has no regrets.