Rio 2016: Fiji's first medal is gold after crushing sevens final


Fiji's maiden medal in their Olympic history was a gold as they thrashed Great Britain 43-7 in the Games' first men's rugby sevens final.

The island nation - appearing at their 14th summer Games - had never previously stepped on the podium, but their crowning glory rarely looked in doubt at the Deodoro Stadium.

A breathtaking display of running power and a penchant for incessant offloading helped Fiji stretch out an astonishing 29-0 lead at half-time, Leone Nakarawa a particularly devastating presence as GB completely wilted.

Five of the seven starters helped themselves to tries before the interval, leading to a processional second-half outing for both sides.

Dan Norton touched down for GB, although that score was sandwiched by further Fiji tries through Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata.

Fiji celebrated their victory with a rousing group song as their emotional players cherished a national milestone.

The bronze medal match preceding the final perhaps set the tone as South Africa hammered Japan 54-14.