Taekwondo

Tonga’s Malia Paseka defeated in a TKO

The referee stopped the fight after Wiliams delivered a turning kick to Paseka’s head to score 5 points.

Williams also scored an extra 3 points by landing body punches.

A TKO or technical knock out means the ending of a fight by the referee on the grounds of a contestant's inability to continue (because of injuries), the opponent being declared the winner.

The fight was held at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo. 

     

Tonga sports body awaits Tokyo Olympics confirmation

TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau said several sports had their qualifying events cancelled.

So far, only the International Federation for Swimming has approved two universality places for Tonga, for one female and one male swimmer.

“The Tonga Swimming Federation will name and confirm the two swimmers in the coming weeks,” said Takitoa.

Depending on the confirmation of Universality Places for the other sports, Takitoa said Team Tonga is looking at around 8-9 Athletes with 12 Officials.

Tonga Taekwondo makes history

Pita Taufatofua defeated PNG's Steven Tommy 20-4 in the men's over 80kg division to qualify for his third Olympic Games and will be joined in Japan by Malia Paseka, 20, after the Pacific Games bronze medallist qualified automatically in the women's 67kg division.

"I'm feeling very relieved but also very happy that now Tonga is qualified for the Olympics...you know I just wanted to make sure that Tonga was represented at the Olympics and we can tick that box now," Taufatofua said.

Tonga Taekwondo makes history

Pita Taufatofua defeated PNG's Steven Tommy 20-4 in the men's over 80kg division to qualify for his third Olympic Games and will be joined in Japan by Malia Paseka, 20, after the Pacific Games bronze medallist qualified automatically in the women's 67kg division.

"I'm feeling very relieved but also very happy that now Tonga is qualified for the Olympics...you know I just wanted to make sure that Tonga was represented at the Olympics and we can tick that box now," Taufatofua said.

Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua gets towelled in taekwando

Pita Taufatofua, ranked 157th in the world, had an unfortunate pairing in the first round with the division's No 2 seed, Sajjad Mardani of Iran.

Mardani demolished Taufatofua 16-1 amid fans chanting "Tonga!" in the arena. Taufatofua described his opponent's attacking leg as "a nightmare" and said his slow start in the fight cost him.

He said he wasn't expecting the enormous reaction to his appearance in the opening ceremony and hinted that he might have something special - but quick - planned for the closing celebrations.

Tonga's Taufatofua Olympic campaign gets underway

The Oceania taekwondo champion has been one of the most talked about athletes in Rio, since his coconut-oiled body made global headlines during the Games opening ceremony.

Taekwondo a perfect match for Tonga's Pita Taufatofua

RNZI reports the 32-year-old won gold in the over 80kg class at last month's Oceania Qualifying tournament to seal his place at the Rio Olympics.

It was the third time of trying for the Australian-based Tongan, who started learning taekwondo at the age of five and has been hooked ever since.

Tongan taekwondo athlete always believed he would reach Olympics

The 32 year old beat New Zealand's Daffyd Sanders in final of the over 80kg class at the Oceania Qualifying tournament over the weekend to seal his place in Brazil.