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We Have Overcome, Fiji Gets First Olympic Gold

The dream of winning Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal has finally become a reality. Our Fijian boys sang from the depths of their hearts after an outstanding performance against Great Britain. “We have overcome, we
12 Aug 2016 11:32
We Have Overcome, Fiji Gets First Olympic Gold
Gold medalists in the rugby sevens - Fiji. Photo: Rob Vickerman

The dream of winning Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal has finally become a reality.

Our Fijian boys sang from the depths of their hearts after an outstanding performance against Great Britain.

“We have overcome, we have overcome” a gospel number often sung in Pentecostal churches around the country.

The capital city came to a standstill as people were stuck to a TV  screen for the 20 or so minutes.

At the ANZ Stadium, the public were invited to watch the finals on the big screen. The invitation was sent out after the semi-final win over Japan.  It was packed.

Banks sent out notices that staff will be given a 20 minute break during the Fiji game.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is also is Rio said: “This is a wonderful moment in the history of our nation. We have won our first Gold Medal at a summer Olympic Games and every Fijian is rejoicing at home and around the world. “We all convey our warmest congratulations to our World Champion Rugby Sevens team on this magnificent achievement. We have all witnessed how much effort you have put into this campaign. And we salute you both for your victory and for being wonderful ambassadors for Fiji. “I especially want to thank coach Ben Ryan and team captain Osea Kolinisau for their inspiring leadership. It has been a great privilege for me as Prime Minister to be present in Rio De Janeiro on behalf of the Fijian people to provide our collective encouragement and support. I have witnessed at first hand the commitment and discipline that has produced this victory and have been deeply impressed and proud. “A wonderful reception awaits our boys when they arrive back in Fiji. Never before has the Fijian spirit soared so high as it does today. Never have we stood so tall as a nation. So let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building our beloved Fiji. One nation, one people, playing an even greater role in the region and the world.”   Here are some of the headlines from around the world after the 43 – 7 win:      



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