Fiji wins first Olympic gold medal with win over Great Britain

Fiji’s rugby players have shown Britain’s Princess Anne the deepest respect during their award ceremony after they walked away with the nation’s first ever Olympic medal.


On Friday, the rugby seven team sang in celebration after claiming victory over Britain 43-7 – the first Olympic rugby win in 92 years.

After awarding Britain with their silver medals, Princess Anne stepped over to place gold around the 12 Fijians’ necks.

As she did, each player knelt down on the podium and clapped three times out of respect for the royal.

Some of the players clasped their hands together and took in the moment, while other shared a few words with Princess Anne before she moved on.

The British team remained standing for the ceremony and shook hands with Princess Anne as she gifted them their silver.

Clapping three times is traditionally performed during a Fijian Kava ceremony, signifying the bringing together of two families.


After drinking the Kava root drink it is customary to clap three times and say ‘Mathe’.

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau led the defending Sevens World Series champions as they won the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years.


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