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tonga

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Capital
Nuku'alofa

Population
110,000

Independence
1970
National sports hero
Elisi Vunipola (rugby)

Watch out for
Siulolo Liku (100m)

Manchester will be Tonga’s sixth Games and they have won one medal.

That was a bronze, which boxer Paea Wolfgramm claimed in the super heavyweight division in 1994.

He went on to strike Olympic gold in the same event in Atlanta two years later.

The Tongans sent a team of 15 to Kuala Lumpur four years ago. Boxing and rugby are their main sports.

Did you know?
New Zealand rugby star Jonah Lomu has Tongan heritage – both his parents are from the island – and is knowledgeable about Tonga’s culture and tradition.

He names former Tongan coach Phil Kingsley Jones as one of the biggest influences in his life.

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