At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, swimmer Ryan PINI finished eighth in the men's butterfly, the first from Papua New Guinea to reach an Olympic final.
A six-man team first appeared at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, competing in athletics, boxing and shooting.
Tau John TOKWEPOTA completed the marathon in 1976 and 1984. Sprinter Barbara INGIRO was Papua New Guinea's first female Olympian. She competed in the 100m in 1984.
In 1992 lightweight boxer Henry KUNGSI was the first from his country to win an Olympic bout.
Weightlifter Dika TOUA has taken part in three Olympics from 2000 to 2008. Her best finish was sixth in the featherweights at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Papua New Guinea sent a team of seven to the 2008 Games in Beijing. They have yet to win an Olympic medal.