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A second gold medal is something to sing about for Fiji’s men’s rugby sevens. So is a return home

A second gold medal is something to sing about for Fiji’s men’s rugby sevens. So is a return home
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That’s saying something, considering the team’s first win, at Rio 2016, meant so much that the country produced the world’s first $7 banknote to commemorate it.

This time around, the team needed a win to make a significant sacrifice worth it. The Fijians have not seen their families since Easter Monday, when the country announced a lockdown while the team was at a training camp. Players were forced to stick together indefinitely. They travelled to Japan on a cargo plane that mainly transports frozen fish, after COVID-19 caused commercial flights to and from Pacific countries to dwindle.

The team made its emotions clear after a 27-12 win over New Zealand in Wednesday’s final, praying and singing its team hymn and Fiji’s national anthem in celebration. It was similar to the squad’s preparation; videos on social media show the team readying for the match by participating in a singalong, with some players playing guitar.

Back home, rugby-loving Fijians, who clutched those commemorative bank notes as good-luck charms during this year’s run, sang and danced into the night. It will be a happy reunion when the players finally come home.

Black, who had to withdraw from the event because of a sprained ankle, taped notes of encouragement for teammate Moors on her backpack, which was caught on camera in the gym. Strips of white tape featured messages from Black such as: “Smile and have fun,” “Enjoy the moment,” “Be fierce” and “Go for it.” It also include a drawing of Moors, who Black referred to as “B.”

The 20-year-old Moors, making her Olympic debut, finished 16th in the all-around. Black, 25, is hoping she will be able to compete in the beam final next week.

Fox used the condom to hold in place a carbon mixture applied to the tip of the vessel.

“Very stretchy, much strong,” read a post on social media detailing Fox’s hack. “It gives the carbon a smooth finish.”

The 21-year-old earned the first medal at these Games on Saturday when she won the women’s 10-metre air rifle, then added gold in the mixed 10-metre air rifle team event Monday. She has inspired many in China to buy the duck and carrot-shaped hair pins she has been sporting during competitions. The accessories are reportedly her lucky charms.

Online shop owners told Chinese media the clips, which cost about 46 cents (U.S.), were not bestsellers prior to the Olympics but are now flying off digital shelves, with daily sales surpassing 10,000.

“This is the first medal for me and for my country. We are a small country but very proud,” Perilli said. “They [country] are for sure going crazy, crying. I don’t know, but for sure now they are.”

Perilli is one of just five athletes representing San Marino at these Games. She was fourth in trap at London 2012, becoming the first Sammarinese athlete to finish that high in any competition. Francesco Nanni was fifth in the 50-metre rifle prone at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Bieber, who knows what it’s like growing up in the limelight, was one of a number of celebrities who rallied around Biles.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face,” Bieber captioned a Biles photo posted on his Instagram page. “I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.”

He continued later: “When what you normally love starts to steal your joy, it’s important we take a step back to evaluate why.”

Biles tweeted her thanks Thursday for the support she has received. ”The outpouring of love and support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics, which I never truly believed before.”

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