'Ana Po'uhila

ʻAna Poʻuhila
Personal information
Born (1979-10-18) October 18, 1979 (age 41)
Neiafu, Tongatapu
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight96 kg (212 lb)
Country Tonga
Event(s)Shot put
ClubBays Cougars (New Zealand)
Coached byDidier Poppe
Updated on 29 April 2013.

ʻAna Poʻuhila (born October 18, 1979 in Longoteme, Tongatapu) is a Tongan athlete.


She represented the Kingdom of Tonga in the shot put event during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She had the honour of being the flagbearer for her country at the opening ceremony. Originally a sprinter, she is now known for breaking the national Tongan shot put record in 2008 during her European Olympic preparation tour with a put of 18.03 metres in Albertville.

As she threw over the Olympic qualifying distance of 17.20 metres ten times she qualified for the 2008 Olympics on merit. However, she did not advance beyond the qualification round as her put of 16.42 metres placed her in only the 27th position. She had previously competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics for the event of shot put, but her throw of 15.33 metres did not allow her to qualify for the final round.

On July 2, 2009, she broke the Tongan national record in hammer throwing, with a throw of 53,53m.[1]

She placed 14th in the shot put qualifier of the 2012 Summer Olympics with a put of 15.80 m.[2]

Personal best[]

Event Performance Wind Venue Date
100 metres 13.57 -0.2 Edmonton August 5, 2001
Shot Put 18.03 Albertville July 7, 2008
Discus Throw 53.10 Cook Island August 24, 2009
Hammer Throw 53.53 France July 2, 2009
Javelin Throw 45.45 Noumea New Caledonia April 3, 2008


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Tonga
2000 Oceania Championships Adelaide, Australia 1st Shot put 14.36 m
3rd Discus throw 38.41 m
3rd Hammer throw 35.29 m
1st Javelin throw 42.32 m
2001 South Pacific Mini Games Middlegate, Norfolk Island 1st Shot put 15.13 m
3rd Discus throw 42.28 m
2002 Oceania Championships Christchurch, New Zealand 1st Shot put 15.66 m
2nd Discus throw 45.11 m
2003 South Pacific Games Suva, Fiji 1st Shot put 15.89 m GR
2nd Discus throw 48.14 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 32nd Shot put 15.33 m
Oceania Championships Townsville, Australia 1st Shot put 14.89 m
3rd Discus throw 45.49 m
2005 South Pacific Mini Games Koror, Palau 1st Shot put 16.92 m GR
3rd Discus throw 45.69 m
2006 Oceania Championships Apia, Samoa 1st Shot put 16.57 m CR
2nd Discus throw 52.48 m
2007 Pacific Games Apia, Samoa 1st Shot put 16.60 m
2nd Discus throw 48.92 m
2009 Pacific Mini Games Rarotonga, Cook Islands 1st Shot put 16.53 m
1st Discus throw 53.10 m
1st Hammer throw 50.70 m GR
2011 Pacific Games Nouméa, New Caledonia 1st Shot put 15.72 m
2nd Discus throw 48.22 m
3rd Hammer throw 47.27 m
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 30th Shot put 15.80 m


  1. ^ "'Ana Po'uhila Tonga's record-breaking hammer thrower", Matangi Tonga, July 12, 2009
  2. ^ "Ana Pouhila - Events and results". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 28 August 2012.

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