'Goosebumps': Fiji's heartwarming Olympic harmony leaves fans in tears

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Jerry Tuwai and Napolioni Bolaca (pictured left) embrace after Fiji win gold and (pictured right) the team singing together.
The Fiji rugby sevens team won gold and broke down in song during a magical moment at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images/Twitter)

The tiny island nation of Fiji won their second ever gold medal at the Olympics yesterday and their beautiful post-match celebration has once again left fans in tears.

Fiji won their second consecutive gold medal in rugby sevens after defeating New Zealand in the gold medal decider.

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Just like at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Fijians were overwhelmed with emotion after the final whistle as players fell to their knees in joy.

The win could be even more important for the team this year with the nation battling a severe Covid-19 outbreak back at home, with more than 25,000 cases and 200 deaths among a population of just over 900,000.

With its health system under strain, officials have imposed a 6pm to 4am curfew in an attempt to curb the rapid spread of the virus.

The team's gold medal performance provoked a spontaneous outpouring of joy in the nation's cities and villages. 

Fireworks flashed in the night sky and daring revellers in the capital Suva flew flags from car windows as they circled among cheering crowds.

And following the match, the Fijian team joined in a circle and sung together in beautiful harmony.

Fans emotional watching Fiji sevens gold at Olympics

The Fijians also joined together in song on the podium called 'E Da Sa Qaqa' - 'We Have Overcome' - in a magical Olympics moment.

Fans around the world watched on in tears as the emotions overflowed.

The win is worth more than a gold to Fijians everywhere," Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told Radio New Zealand.

"Fijians love this game.

"It has always united us. (It) shows that we can achieve greatness no matter what the world may throw our way, even with COVID."

Bainimarama noted that Fiji's gold medal success had led to widespread breaches of the curfew but said "no-one seems to mind."

"Everyone is happy in Fiji to watch the boys win the gold," he said.

When England-born coach Ben Ryan guided Fiji to their first gold medal in Rio, he was rewarded with a chiefly title and a grant of land. Fiji's current coach, Wales-born Gareth Baber, is likely to be similarly rewarded when the team returns to Fiji, probably on Saturday if flights are available.

with AAP

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