Shaka Sola

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Shaka Sola
Personal information
Born (1977-03-14) March 14, 1977 (age 37)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Country  Samoa
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put
Updated on 29 April 2013.

Shaka Sola (born 14 March 1977) is a Samoan shot putter and discus thrower who became a popular if surprising star at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.


Sola arrived at the championships late, having missed his flight from Samoa, and did not reach the games until his specialist event (shot put) had completed. As compensation, he asked to be allowed to compete in the javelin, although he had never previously thrown a javelin.

Sola finished last in the event by a considerable distance, throwing the javelin 41.18 metres, over 17 metres less than the next worst competitor. He was roundly applauded and supported by the other javelin throwers, however, all of whom were aware of the reasons for his participation in that event.

Sola, though not a spectacular javelin thrower, is more than capable in his own sports. He won gold at the 2004 Oceania Athletics Championships in both discus (with a games record of 53.79m) and shot put (17.86m), and represented Samoa in the discus at the 2004 Olympic Games.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Samoa
1996 Oceania Junior Championships Townsville, Australia 3rd Discus throw 48.04 m
2003 South Pacific Games Suva, Fiji 2nd Shot put 15.97 m
1st Discus throw 50.46 m
2004 Oceania Championships Townsville, Australia 1st Shot put 17.86 m CR
1st Discus throw 53.79 m CR
3rd Hammer throw 45.94 m
2005 South Pacific Mini Games Koror, Palau 1st Shot put 17.74 m
2nd Discus throw 49.33 m
2007 Pacific Games Apia, Samoa 1st Shot put 16.77 m
2nd Discus throw 48.73 m
2009 Pacific Mini Games Rarotonga, Cook Islands 2nd Shot put 16.16 m
2011 Oceania Championships (Regional Division East) Apia, Samoa 2nd Shot put 15.29 m
1st Discus throw 43.10 m
2nd Hammer throw 36.04 m
Pacific Games Nouméa, New Caledonia 3rd Shot put 16.17 m

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