Fiji has won their first Olympic medal, that’s too a Gold medal when they beat the Great Britain in the rugby sevens final at the Rio Olympics 2016. Rugby is hailed as the larger than life sport, religion in the island country, and the top-seeded country has beaten the Brits with the 43-7 scoreline at the Deodoro Stadium.
This fairytale result has evoked emotional eruption to the Pacific Islanders. The skipper of the Fiji rugby sevens Osea Kolinisau sank to his knees as he was clearly struggling to believe what he and his teammates have achieved for the country.
After the historic result , Kolinisau entered the press conference room with a thunderous rounds of applause and said, “I was just thankful to the Lord for blessing us and giving us an opportunity to win in a mega-sport arena like the Olympics,” Later he added, “I never dreamed of being an Olympian, let alone being a medalist, let alone being a gold medalist. So I was just thankful for up above for the journey God has brought me on.”
This is Fiji’s 14th appearance at the Summer Olympics and after 56 years of trying, they finally achieved to win the coveted Olympic medal. A lion’s share of the credit behind this Fiji’s historic achievements goes to their Brit coach Ben Ryan. Ryan has trained the team for the last three years and is credited with injecting discipline into Fiji’s outrageously talented players.
Elated with joy, Ryan said, “I feel very lucky that I’m in charge of such an unbelievable group of athletes with a country behind us that is so passionate about rugby sevens,.”
Later the British coach commented on Fiji’s love for rugby and the sevens, “I try to explain it to people who don’t go to Fiji or who have never been, and it’s impossible really. The boys are front page and back of newspapers, six o’clock news… You come out of the airport, and there’s a 20-foot billboard of them. They’re superstars in Fiji.”
The red headed coach further added, “I can have an hour-long drive to work, and I can see 50 villages playing rugby. It’s a passion. It’s the national sport. They won’t be having parties in sporadic parts of the country; it will be across the entire nation.”
Fiji was dominating the final from the first minute when their inspirational captain Osea Kolinisau scored in the first minute. A minute later, his team mate Jerry Tuwai scored another and he previously unbeaten Brits was looking clueless to sop the Fijian wave of attack. Fiji completely dominated the first half and took the lead of 29-0 at the end of the half. Fourth seeded Great Britain team has hardly touched the ball in this half.The second half also unfolded the same story. The island country continued their sheer dominance and scored three tries at the beginning of the second half.
In the Bronze medal match, South Africa thrashed Japan with a 54-14 scoreline.