Fiji takes sevens gold in double Olympic first

Fiji was crowned the first men's sevens rugby Olympic champion on Thursday after crushing Britain 43-7 in the final of the inaugural tournament, giving the Pacific island nation its first Games medal.

Fiji's rugby sevens gold was its first medal at Rio.   -  Reuters

Fiji was crowned the first men's sevens rugby Olympic champion on Thursday after crushing Britain 43-7 in the final of the inaugural tournament, giving the Pacific island nation its first Games medal. Britain took silver, while South Africa earlier won the bronze with a similarly lopsided 54-14 victory over Japan at the Deodoro Stadium.

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They were the first men's rugby medals awarded at the Olympics since the 1924 Paris Games, where the United States won gold in the 15-a-side game.