Pita Nikolas Taufatofua has made history by becoming the first Tongan to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo. He booked his ticket to ‪‎Rio 2016‬ after winning gold in the Oceania qualifiers in Papua New Guinea, beating the region’s number one fighter, New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Daffyd Sanders, who is ranked 15th in the World in men’s 80kg. “My first shot at the Olympics I left New Caledonia in a wheelchair – that was 2008. In 2012 I left New Caledonia again on crutches – I had a torn PCL – so I feel I was meant to go through that struggle to really appreciate it this time. I had no doubt it would happen, I just didn’t know when,” said the 32 year-old. Seven other athletes – four from Australia, two from Papua New Guinea and one from New Zealand – also won Rio berths at the Oceania tournament. The Olympics are being held in August. READ MORE.

Source: radio new zealand