It’s the women’s national team, who astonished everyone by awarding him an unpredictable bronze
The Fiji Sevens rugby team is known to be the strongest in the world. In the two editions of the Olympics in which the seven saw a sport from five circles, she won the gold medal both times, and in Tokyo she dominated more than in Rio.
But the real surprise is that the women’s national team won the bronze. An unexpected success came with the team’s massive growth match after match.
An arduous adventure that began against France, who reached the World Cup finals at the time, who beat the Islanders 12-5 on the Italian night between Wednesday and Thursday. Then clear victories over Canada, bronze in Rio 2016, and Brazil plunged the team into the quarter-finals, achieving a massive victory over the Olympic champion in charge of Australia against 14-12 in a beautiful match.
After being defeated by the New Zealand steamer guard in the semi-finals (with a small refereeing controversy), they were then able to beat the more popular Britons for their medal.
The enormity of the success of the Fijians, Nickname A daughter of the Sevens team, coach Sayasi Foley summed it up in an interview after the tournament concluded with a third-place finish in the final against Great Britain, where he recounted how one-third of the team’s 12 members had never played rugby until a year ago.
To go to the Olympics, they were separated from their families 16 weeks ago: 4 months of preparation and isolation to get to the most important date of their lives in the best possible way. Many of them also had to board a plane for the first time.
Bronze was also of great importance to the islanders. On Twitter, a video of an elderly woman crying over the success of her young fellow countrymen went viral on several oval-themed message boards.
My 74-year-old mom is all tearful 🥲. She couldn’t stop her feelings as she said, “She never imagined, in her life, that she would see Team Vigiana win.”
Not only win but beat those developed countries that have the resources and funds to get first-class training equipment pic.twitter.com/YtJU2VQk6P
– FijianaAuCibi 🇫🇯 (NadeNaceva) July 31, 2021
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