Of 207 athletes carrying their country's flag flag one stood out during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tonga's Pita Nikolas Taufatofua drew a massive cheer as he entered the Maracana stadium bare-chested and wearing nothing but a ta'ovala (Tongan mat) and a lot of oil on his torso.

Taufatofua, who was born in Australia but grew up in Tonga, is Tonga's first Olympic taekwondo athlete.

Also a part-time male model, Taufatofua is one of the seven athletes competing for the Polynesian kingdom, which has only won a medal in its history, a silver in 1996.


According to the Fiji Times on the road to Rio the athlete broke six bones, tore three ligaments, spent three months in a wheelchair, a year and a half on crutches and hundreds of hours of physiotherapy.

According to USA Today the 32-year-old had attempted to make the Olympics twice before.

He will compete in the men's +80kg division on Saturday 20 August.