Fiji triumphed over Team GB in the Olympics sevens final to win their country's first-ever Olympics medal
Fiji won their first-ever Olympic medal in Brazil, comfortably beating Team GB 43-7 in the final to take gold in the rugby sevens. Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama was in Rio to watch the team make history and has announced a public holiday to celebrate their achievement.
It was a phenomenal display of skill, pace and power, much like Australia’s win over New Zealand in the final of the women’s competition.
Overall, it’s fair to say rugby sevens has been a huge success on its Olympic debut, bringing a new audience to the sport and hopefully inspiring people around the world to pick up an oval ball. And that’s exactly what World Rugby aimed to achieve when campaigning for the sport’s entry into the Games.
Rugby sevens is guaranteed to be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Japan will be looking to go one step further at home than they did in Rio and win a medal – but the vote on the sport’s involvement beyond then will be taken by the IOC next May. Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media, though, rugby sevens looks to have secured its place in the Games for a long time to come.
In Rugby World‘s latest Clubhouse Podcast, we analyse the impact of the Olympics on rugby – listen here.
And here’s a reminder of the medal winners from Rio:
Gold – Australia
Silver – New Zealand
Bronze – Canada
Gold – Fiji
Silver – Great Britain
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