Rugby: Fiji take sevens gold in double Olympic first

Fiji players celebrate at the end of their match against Great Britain.
Fiji players celebrate at the end of their match against Great Britain.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fiji were crowned the first men's sevens rugby Olympic champions 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.

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-aside game.