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Ele Opeloge - Weightlifting (+75kg)

Ele's Profile

Full Name: Ele Opeloge

Sport: Weightlifting (Clean & Jerk / Snatch)

Category: +75kg

Age: 27

Lives in: Samoa

Trains in: Samoa

Competition Date: Sunday, 05 Aug @ 15:30 - 17:30 (BST - British Summer Time)

Link to Official Results - Women +75kg

 

Weightlifting in London

Venue: ExCeL, London

Dates: Saturday 28 July – Tuesday 07 August

Medal events: 15

Athletes: 260 (156 men, 104 women)

Did you know: The aim of Weightlifting is simple: to life more weight than anyone else. Competitors in Olympic Weightlifting are divided into 15 weight categories, eight for men and seven for women.

Olympic History: Weightlifting was on the programme of the Games of the I Olympiad, Athens 1896, (included in the gymnastics programme). The sport was not staged at the Paris 1900 Games, but was re-included for the St Louis 1904 Games (in the athletics programme), then disappeared again in 1908 and 1912. Since the Games of the VII Olympiad, Antwerp 1920, it has been on the programme of each edition. Women’s weightlifting made its debut on the Olympic programme at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000.

Evolution in the number of events

1896-1904: 2 events (men’s)

1920-1936: 5 events (men’s)

1948: 6 events (men’s)

1952-1968: 7 events (men’s)

1972-1976: 9 events (men’s)

1980-1996: 10 events (men’s)

2000-2012: 15 events (8 men’s and 7 women’s)

 

     Ele at the London 2012 Opening Ceremonies 

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Kaino Thomsen - Taekwondo (80kg & over)

Kaino's Profile

Full Name: Kaino Tate Peter Thomsen-Fuataga

Sport: Taekwondo (+80kg)

World Ranking: 16th (+80kg)

Competition Date: Saturday, 11 Aug @ 09:00 - 23:00 (BST - British Summer Time)

Link to Official Results - Men's +80kg

Age: 21 years old

Lives in: Samoa

Trains in: KL Taekwondo, Samoa & USA

Before London: Kaino traveled to the USA early June to train with his personal coach Master Salim. He has also traveled abroad to compete and train with other top coaches and athletes who will be attending the London 2012 Olympics.

Questions with Kaino

Village: Lalomanu/Matautu-uta/Vaoala

School: Robert Louis Stevenson Primary and Porirua College / Faatuatua

Sibilings: 3 brothers and 2 sisters

Occupation: Security Firm (KL)

Sport Club: KL Taekwondo

Coach: Master Gergely Salim

Years Competing: 9 years

Time spend training: 4-6 hours a day

Best things about competing: Traveling the world and experiencing new countries and cultures. Meeting new people and making new friends.

Why did you start Taekwondo: My father got me into the sport, he believed it would help me physically and mentally. It was also a good way to know how to defend myself and to help my discipline not only in the sport but in all the other areas in my life.

Memerable competitions: Gold at the 2007 South Pacific Games and Qualifying for the Olympics at the 2011 Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in New Caledonia.

Most Influential person in your life: Father

Sporting Hero: Mike Tyson

General Interests: Playing Rugby, Playing Guitar, Drawing, Training, Eating, Hanging out with Family, Friends and loved ones.

Inspirational Quote: "Dont compare yourself with great people, but instead compare yourself with how great you could become."

Preformance Goal for London: Firstly i would love to win Gold for my country and it would be a dream come true. If not then medaling will be next on my list.

Last Words: I would like to say to the world to prepare themselves for some Pacific flair, Island style combat and the full force of a samoan warrior!

 

Taekwondo at London 2012

Venue: ExCeL, London

Dates: Wednesday 08 – Saturday 11 August

Medal events: 8

Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)

Did you know: Over their standard white uniform, known as a ‘dobok’, competitors wear coloured protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as ‘chung’, while the competitor in red is ‘hong’.

Olympic History: Taekwondo appeared on the Olympic programme for the first time at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000, after having twice been included as a demonstration sport (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992). Women’s and men’s events were added at the same time.

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Emanuele Fuamatu - Athletics (Men's Shot Put)

Emanuele's Profile

Full Name: Emanuele Tusitatino Taulol Fuamatu

Sport: Athletics - Men's Shot Put

Competition Day(s): 

Friday, 03 Aug @ 10:00 - 10:48 (Qualifiers)

Friday, 03 Aug @ 20:30 - 21:40 (*Finals)  *if qualifies

Link to Official Results - Men's Shot Put

Age: 22

Lives in: Auckland, New Zealand

 

Athletics at London 2012

Venue: Olympic Stadium – Olympic Park (track, field and combined events)

Dates: Friday 03 August – Sunday 12 August

Medal events: 47

Athletes: 2,000

Did you know: The Marathon event was increased from around 25 miles to 26.2 miles at the London 1908 Olympic Games, so the race could finish in front of the Box where members of the British Royal Family were sitting. The length of the Marathon remains 26.2 miles to this day.

Olympic History: Athletics was on the programme of the Games of the I Olympiad, Athens 1896, and has remained on the programme since then. Twelve men’s events were on the programme of the first Games, and twice as many at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens 2004. Women were authorised to compete in athletics events for the first time at the 1928 Amsterdam Games, with five events. The women’s programme currently includes 23 events.

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Toafitu Perive - Weightlifting (77kg)

Toafitu's Profile

Full Name: Toafitu Perive

Sport: Weightlifting (Clean & Jerk / Snatch)

Category: 77kg

Competition Date:

Group B - Wednesday, 01 Aug @ 10:00 - 12:00 (BST - British Summer Time)

Link to Official Results - Men's 77kg

Age: 27

Lives in: Samoa

Trains in: Samoa

 

Weightlifting in London

Venue: ExCeL, London

Dates: Saturday 28 July – Tuesday 07 August

Medal events: 15

Athletes: 260 (156 men, 104 women)

Did you know: The aim of Weightlifting is simple: to life more weight than anyone else. Competitors in Olympic Weightlifting are divided into 15 weight categories, eight for men and seven for women.

Olympic History: Weightlifting was on the programme of the Games of the I Olympiad, Athens 1896, (included in the gymnastics programme). The sport was not staged at the Paris 1900 Games, but was re-included for the St Louis 1904 Games (in the athletics programme), then disappeared again in 1908 and 1912. Since the Games of the VII Olympiad, Antwerp 1920, it has been on the programme of each edition. Women’s weightlifting made its debut on the Olympic programme at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000.

Evolution in the number of events

1896-1904: 2 events (men’s)

1920-1936: 5 events (men’s)

1948: 6 events (men’s)

1952-1968: 7 events (men’s)

1972-1976: 9 events (men’s)

1980-1996: 10 events (men’s)

2000-2012: 15 events (8 men’s and 7 women’s)

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Maureen Tuimaliifano - Archery

Maureen's Profile:

Full Name: Aloema Maureen Tuimalealiifano

Sport: Archery (Re-curve)

Competition Date(s):

Ranking Rounds - Friday, 27 July @ 13:00 - 15:00 (BST - British Summer Time)

1/32 & 1/16 Elim - *Monday, 30 July - Wednesday, 01 August     *pending ranking round placement

1/8, 1/4, 1/2 & Finals - **Thursday, 02 Aug @ 09:00 - 16:00 (BST)  **pending qualification

Link to Official Results - Women's Re-curve

Age: 41

Lives/Trains: Samoa

Before London: Maureen travelled to the UK last June to participate in an pre-Olympic training camp at the University of Central Lancashire. Good luck Maureen!

 

Archery at London 2012

Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London

Dates: Friday 27 July – Friday 03 August

Medal events: 4

Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)

Did you know: Archery dates back around 10,000 years and is now practiced in more than 140 countries around the world.

Olympic History: Archery was introduced for the first time at the Games of the II Olympiad, Paris 1900. It was then included on the programme of the 1904, 1908 and 1920 Games before disappearing for over 50 years. The Games of the XX Olympiad, Munich 1972, saw the re-introduction of archery on the Olympic programme. Women were able to compete in archery events at the 1904 and 1908 Games, then again, like the men, in 1972.

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Aleni Smith - Judo (-73kg)

Aleni's Profile

Full Name: Aleni Smith

Sport: Judo (-73kg)

Competition Date(s):

Elininations & 1/4 Finals -Monday, 30 July @ 09:00 - 12:30 (BST - British Summer Time)

*1/2 Finals & Finals -Monday, 30 July @ 14:00 - 16:30  *pending qualification

Link to Official Results - Men's -73kg

Age: 29

Lives/Trains in: Samoa

Before London 2012: Aleni has traveled to the UK (North West England) last June 2012 to participate in an Pre-Olympic training camp at the Kendal Judo Club. During this camp Aleni was exposed to many professional trainers and high level practice compeitions to get him ready for London 2012. He has reported great progress to his personal skills and has accomplished a win in one of his competitons. Good luck Aleni!

 

Questions with Aleni

Village: Lalovaea

School: Leififi College

Sibilings: 1 younger brother and 4 younger sisters

Coach: Shin Mogi

Years Competing: 4 years

How much time spent training a day: 5 hours

Best things about competing: get Ippon (win) with Seoinage (Shoulder throw)

Why did you start Judo: Friends

Memorable competitions: Championships 2012 in Paris & Grandslam 2010 in Tokyo

Sporting Hero: Teddy Riner

General Interests outside your sport: Rugby

Favorite Artist: UB40

Last Words: "Thank you very much for the Judo association to give me lots of opportunities and for the coaches to help me with my training. For my family thank you for your strong support and understanding, and all the people who supported me all the time. I will do my best for myself and for Samoa."

 

Judo at London 2012

Venue: ExCeL, London

Dates: Saturday 28 July – Friday 03 August

Medal events: 14

Athletes: 386

Did you know: Judo made its first appearance at the Olympic Games at Tokyo in 1964. Competitors use a mix of attack and defence in one-on-one contests, which can be tough, tense and explosive.

Olympic History: Judo made its first appearance on the Olympic programme at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Tokyo 1964. It was then absent from the Mexico City 1968 Games, only to return for the Munich 1972 Games and has been on the Olympic programme ever since. Women’s judo appeared as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Games and joined the Olympic programme for the Games of the XXV Olympiad, Barcelona 1992.

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Rudolph Williams - Canoe (C1 200m & C1 1000m)

Rudolph's Profile

Full Name: Rudolph Pita Williams

Sport: Canoe Sprint

Events: CS 1 - 200m  /  CS 1 - 1000m

Competition Date(s):

CS 1 - 1000m Heats - Monday, 06 Aug @ 09:54 - 10:18 (BST - British Summer Time)

CS 1 - 1000m Semi-finals - *Monday, 06 Aug @ 11:14 - 11:30 (BST)

CS 1 - 1000m Finals - *Wednesday, 08 Aug @ 09:48 - 10:04 (BST)

CS 1 - 200m Heats - Friday, 10 Aug @ 09:51 - 10:12 (BST)

CS 1 - 200m Semi-finals - *Friday, 10 Aug @ 11:16 - 11:30 (BST)

CS 1 - 200m Finals - *Saturday, 11 Aug @ 09:47 - 10:01 (BST)

Age: 33

Lives/Trains: New Zealand

Canoe Sprint at London 2012

Venue: Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire

Dates: Monday 06 – Saturday 11 August

Medal events: 12

Athletes: 246

Did you know: In canoes, athletes use a single-bladed paddle from a kneeling position. In kayaks, the competitors sit in the boat and use a paddle with two blades.

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Talitiga Crawley - Taekwondo (67kg & over)

Talitiga's Profile

Full Name: Talitiga Crawley

Sport: Taekwondo (+67kg)

Coach: Master Kesi O'Neill

Competition Date: Saturday, 11 Aug @ 09:00 - 23:00 (BST - British Summer Time)

Link to Official Results - Women's +67kg

Age: 20

Lives/Trains in: Samoa

Before London: Talitiga travelled to New Zealand last March to train with Master Kesi for 4 months. Then  in June 2012 both Talitiga and Master Kesi travelled to the UK to participate in a pre-Olympic training camp at the University of Central Lancashire. Good luck Tali

 

Taekwondo at London 2012

Venue: ExCeL, London

Dates: Wednesday 08 – Saturday 11 August

Medal events: 8

Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)

Did you know: Over their standard white uniform, known as a ‘dobok’, competitors wear coloured protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as ‘chung’, while the competitor in red is ‘hong’.

Olympic History: Taekwondo appeared on the Olympic programme for the first time at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000, after having twice been included as a demonstration sport (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992). Women’s and men’s events were added at the same time.

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