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samoa

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Capital
Apia

Population
235,000

Independence
1962
National sports hero
David Tua (boxing)

Watch out for
Faatonu Fili (rugby sevens)

The Pacific Islanders competed in six Games from 1974 as Western Samoa and won two silver and six bronze medals.

Malaysia in 1998 was their first as Samoa, but their team of 43 could not manage a top three finish.

Boxing, weightlifting and rugby are sports they traditionally excel at.

Did you know?
Samoan-born Sumo wrestler Musahimaru became the first non-Japanese wrestler to achieve the highest Sumo rank of Yokuzuna in 1993.

Born as Fiamalu Penitani, “Maru”” moved to Hawaii aged 10 and then on to Japan when he was 18.

He made rapid progress and won the Grand Championship in 1999.

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