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Bronze win – Fijiana 7s wins first Olympic Games medal

The Fijiana 7s team have created their own piece of history by beating Team Great Britain 21-12 to win the Tokyo Olympics sevens rugby women’s bronze medal. Two tries to lanky Alowesi Nakosi in the...

Swimming Fiji more than proud of swimmers’ performance in Tokyo

Swimming Fiji president Ben Rova (pictured) said the association was more than proud of the performances by their swimmers at the Tokyo Olympics despite a heavily marred preparation season due to the pandemic. “They had overcome a lot and to put in such remarkable performances is all we could ask of them and we are...

Olympics-Rugby-New Zealand’s culture club behind gold medal showing in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand celebrated their gold medal in the women’s Olympic Rugby Sevens with a special version of the haka, showing all the fierceness and focus that had seen them become worthy winners against France in the final at the Tokyo Stadium on Saturday. Their version is called ‘Ko Uhia Mai’, or ‘Let...

Rugby-Dominant second half sees Boks beat Lions to level series

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South Africa’s backs Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am scored second half tries as the Springboks beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to win Saturday’s second test at the Cape Town Stadium and level the series. Handre Pollard added five penalties and a conversion for a 17-point contribution while the Lions points...

Swimming-McKeon on for record haul, Dressel goes for high five

Australian Emma McKeon could bow out of Tokyo 2020 on Sunday as the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympics. No Australian has ever won that many in one Games and Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, in 1952, is the only woman to have achieved seven in any other sport. McKeon goes...

Tennis-No medal for injured Djokovic for third straight Games

World number one and 20-times Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will leave the Olympics without a medal for the third Games in succession after pulling out of Saturday’s mixed doubles bronze medal match with a shoulder injury. The Serbian, who won a singles bronze in Beijing in 2008 but failed to earn a podium place...

Athletics-U.S. 4×400 mixed relay team reinstated to final

The United States’ mixed 4×400 metre relay team has been reinstated into Saturday’s final due to an official’s error, a World Athletics spokesperson said, after they were disqualified on Friday for exchanging the baton outside the changeover zone. The American team, comprising Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, were reinstated by jury...

Biles withdraws from two finals, Djokovic goes empty-handed again

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from two more finals in Tokyo on Saturday, leaving it unclear whether she will compete again at the Games, and a listless Novak Djokovic failed to take bronze in tennis after his dream of a “Golden Slam” was dashed. The surprising setbacks for stars such as Biles and Novak have...

31st July

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Tabakaucoro fails to progress to semi-finals

Banuve Tabakaucoro finished eighth in his second outing in the Men’s 100 meters event at the Tokyo Olympics. He finished his run in a time of 10.70 seconds. It wasn’t enough to secure a spot in the semi-final round.  

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fantastic Fijiana win historic Bronze medal

The Fijiana side has won Bronze in the Women’s Rugby 7s event at the Tokyo Olympics. This after the Saiasi Fuli coached side beat Great Britain 21-12 in the Bronze medal playoff this evening. Alowesi Nakoci gave Fijiana the perfect start with two tries inside the first seven minutes as Fiji led 14-nil. Great Britain...

Fiji’s national 7s coach keeps his next option open

Nationalrugby 7s coach Gareth Baber has left his future options open after guiding the Team Fiji men’s rugby 7s team to its second gold medal victory at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. Baber took over the coaching role from Ben Ryan who coached the national side to the first-ever gold medal victory at the...

Bolaca sets his rugby plan

Olympics gold medal winner Napolioni Ratu Bolaca has aspirations to follow in Fijian Sevens superstar Jerry Tuwai’s footsteps. His father Apimeleki Nasalo says while they have yet to discuss the 23-year-old’s next step in his rugby career, it was clear that the Bolaca wanted to emulate the two-time Olympic gold medallist. “We have had calls...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Tabakaucoro finishes tied for third spot, through to next round

Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro has finished third in his Heat of the 100 meters. He clocked a time of 10.59 seconds and is through to the next round later this evening.

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana lose to New Zealand in extra-time

The Fijiana side lost 22-17 to New Zealand in the semi-final of Women’s Rugby 7s at the Tokyo Olympics. It was an exceptional performance by the Saiasi Fuli coached side who led 7-5 at half-time. New Zealand made a comeback in the second spell and led 17-12 with a try just before full-time. Fiji scored...

State to offer land to Fiji 7s head coach Baber

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has been offered a piece of land to build his home in Fiji. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Baber had “delivered brilliantly” after he successfully guided the national side to winning its second Olympics gold medal. “I believe he has earned a home in Fiji for...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Tabakaucoro to make Olympics debut

Banuve Tabakaucoro will make his Olympics debut today. He will take part in the second heat of the 100 meters at 2.43pm.

Back home … Olympics rugby champion whisked away for quarantine

The Fiji men’s rugby 7s side received a low-key welcome amidst the safe COVID-19 protocols upon arrival in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Nadi International Airport from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The side, minus head coach Gareth Baber and the Europe-based players Vilimoni Botitu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Semi Radradra, was whisked...

Warriors coach Nathan Brown elated with win while having one eye on the future

Warriors coach Nathan Brown gave the club’s fans a glimpse of the future in the 18-16 win over Wests Tigers. After seven losses in a row, it was a spirited win from the young Warriors team against a side that was still hoping to make the finals. Brown said afterwards that over the remainder of...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana to play NZ at 2pm

The Fijiana side will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Rugby 7s competition at 2pm today. The Fijiana side shocked defending gold medalists Australia 14-12 in their quarterfinal match last night. The second semi-final at 2.30pm between Great Britain and France. The Bronze medal playoff will be at 8.30pm...

U.S. gymnastics reign continues as Biles lauds gold medallist Lee

Without Simone Biles, America’s dominance of women’s gymnastics continued on Thursday with a gold in the individual all-around competition for the fifth Olympics in a row. Sunisa Lee, the youngest member of the team, clinched the U.S. spot in the history books in the final rotation of the floor exercise with a total score of...

MLB roundup: Joey Votto homers in Reds-record 6th straight game

Joey Votto homered in a franchise-best sixth straight game and Tucker Barnhart ripped a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lift the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Votto answered back-to-back two-homer performances by belting a two-run shot in the first inning. The 2010 National League...

Athletics-Americans eye up Semenya-free women’s 800

The women’s 800 metres, right in the spotlight of the “intersex athlete” debate, looks as if it could be a great race in Tokyo as the main contenders advanced from Friday’s opening round in the absence of all three banned Rio medallists. There was a very different feel to the race this time with the...

Basketball-U.S. women overcome Japan long ball game to seal second win

Team USA shut down Japan’s long ball game and improved to 2-0 in the preliminary round of Olympic women’s basketball on Friday. Japan led in the first quarter, boosted by accuracy from the three-point line. But the Americans adjusted defensively and were ahead 86-69 by the final whistle at the Saitama Super Arena, north of...

Olympics Gymnastics-Biles spells out struggles, no clear word on further participation

Star U.S. gymnast Simone Biles on Friday spelled out her struggles to perform, days after pulling out of the team and women’s all-around competitions in Tokyo, but shed no clear light on whether she would take part in further individual events. Biles shocked the world on Tuesday when she did one vault at the start...

U.S. swimmer sparks doping controversy, high octane BMX marred by crashes

An American swimmer sparked controversy at the Tokyo Games on Friday when he said it would take a long time to clear his sport of doping after losing his Olympic title to a Russian. Doping re-emerged as an Olympics theme on Day 7 of the Tokyo Games as the centrepiece athletics programme got off to...

Sailing-‘Last Airbender’ Badloe in control for final RS:X gold

A haircut that pays homage to a cartoon character has won Kiran Badloe almost as many fans as his windsurfing in Tokyo, and on Saturday the Dutchman is set to make history by winning the last Olympic gold medal in the RS:X class. The 26-year-old has swept all before him in a windsurfing category that...

30th July

Baber lauds Fijians’ love

By setting the record as the second rugby coach to win the Olympics rugby 7s gold medal, Welshman Gareth Baber is heading home for a well-deserved rest and relaxation after the Japan Olympics victory on Wednesday. The former Hong Kong coach who has not seen his family for seven months took on social media after...

Bolaca delivers promise

We thank him for keeping his promise to his family, his country and to God. These were the words of proud father Apimeleki Nasalo whose son Napolioni Ratu Bolaca was part of the winning team that made history by becoming the only sevens team to win back to back gold medals at the Olympic Games...

Derenalagi’s family proud of his achievements

The family of lanky Fijian 7s forward Ratu Meli Derenalagi could not be more proud when their son scored Fiji’s first try at the Tokyo Olympics sevens rugby final against a star-studded All Blacks side on Wednesday. Proud father Ratu Vuniani Derenalagi said the achievement would be one of the most memorable for his rugby-mad...

Plans for celebrations

Discussions have started for a national celebration to commemorate Fiji’s gold medal rugby 7s win at the Olympic Games in Japan on Wednesday. This was revealed by Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor who told Radio New Zealand that plans were in place for a grand 7s party in Fiji which is suffering from the...

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