|Born||March 14, 1977|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (240 lb)|
|Updated on 23 May 2015.|
At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, Sola arrived 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.
In 2005, Sola competed in the South Pacific Mini Games for the first time, winning two medals - one gold and one silver. He first competed in the shot put, throwing 17.74 metres and winning his medal of the games. Sola then competed in the discus and came second place with a throw of 49.33.
|Shot put||18.12 m||Wellington||8 Mar 2003|
|Discus throw||58.82 m||Wellington||12 Feb 2005|
|Hammer throw||44.34 m||Suva||9 Jul 2003|
|Javelin throw||41.18 m||Helsinki||9 Aug 2005|
|1996||Oceania Junior Championships||Townsville, Australia||4th||Shot put||14.20m|
|2003||South Pacific Games||Suva, Fiji||2nd||Shot put||15.97 m|
|2004||Oceania Championships||Townsville, Australia||1st||Shot put||17.86 m CR|
|1st||Discus||53.79 m CR|
|Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||36th (q)||Discus||51.10m|
|2005||South Pacific Mini Games||Koror, Palau||1st||Shot put||17.74 m|
|World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||31st (q)||Javelin||41.18m|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||10th||Shot put||16.47m|
|2007||Pacific Games||Apia, Samoa||1st||Shot put||16.77 m|
|2009||Polynesian Championships||Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia||1st||Shot put||16.19m|
|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|
|Pacific Games||Nouméa, New Caledonia||3rd||Shot put||16.17 m|
|2014||Oceania Championships||Rarotonga, Cook Islands||4th||Shot put||14.90m|
|Oceania Masters Championships (35y-39y)||Rarotonga, Cook Islands||1st||Shot put||15.04m|