clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tonga wins for hottest male flag bearer at the Rio Opening Ceremony

New, 4 comments

Pita Taufatofua competes in taekwondo and looked really good carrying the Tonga flag shirtless in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

His name is Pita Taufatofua, and chances are you noticed him carrying the flag for Tonga in the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio Friday night. Going shirtless in the warm Brazilian evening, he caught a lot of people's attention.

Taufatofua competes in taekwondo in the Olympics, in the over 80kg class. He is the first athlete from Tonga to ever compete in taekwondo in the Olympic Games.

But you won't see much of him in the coming days. His competition is not until Saturday, Aug. 20; It doesn't get much later than that. It makes it all the more cool that he carried the Tongan flag, given he must now wait and train in Rio for his competition.

Last year it was (then-closeted) gay swimmer Amini Fonua who carried the flag for Tonga in the Opening Ceremony. Fonua competes on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Here is another of Taufatofua via USA TODAY:

Tonga 2