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vanuata

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Capital
Port Vila

Population
193,000

Independence
1980
National sports hero
Marie Estelle Kapalu (400m hurdles)

Watch out for
Abraham Kepsin (100m)

Vanuatu has sent athletes to every Games since 1982, with a team of three making the trip to Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Marie Estelle Kapalu has yet to bring her country home a medal but has had success at the South Pacific Mini Games.

Did you know?
At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, boxer Edward Paululum was set to become the first ever Olympic competitor from Vanuatu.

But he ate a large breakfast before the weigh-in and was disqualified for being one pound overweight.

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