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kiribati

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Capital
Tarawa

Population
87,000

Independence
1979
National sports hero
Benson Korimara (1500m)

Watch out for
Dave Savage (triathlon)

Kuala Lumpur in 1998 was Kiribatiís first Games and they sent a team of three to Malaysia.

Wrestling and weightlifting are sports they have been successful at in other international championships.

Did you know?
Kite flying is a favourite sport of the I-Kirbati people.

They build and do aerial battle with kites of up to 25ft across, which are flown without tails and depend on perfect proportion for their equilibrium.

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