August 18, 2021
It was our greatest achievement ever: Bower Team Fiji Chef de Mission Patrick Bower says the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which ended on 8 August was perhaps Fiji’s greatest sporting achievement so far.
Team Fiji won 2 medals, Gold and a Bronze in Rugby Sevens.
The country was represented by 34 athletes in 6 sports with 26 members of Team Fiji winning a medal.
With its Gold and Bronze medal wins, Fiji finished 59th equal with Estonia, Latvia and Thailand out of a total of 206 contingents at Tokyo 2020.
“With COVID-19 affecting Fiji the way it has and athletes not being able to train or training away from their loved ones for five straight months, this doesn’t get any sweeter.”
Bower also applauded the team for observing the guidelines of the Playbook and coming back home safely.
“We had done a lot of work in the lead up to the Games and during the Games to ensure each member was safe and that we’ve all come back as a team is a testament to everyone in the team for respecting the rules of the IOC, the Organising Committee and also respecting each other.”
“It has been my absolute pleasure to be Chef for this Games, he said.
Below is a breakdown of Team Fiji’s performance at Tokyo 2020.
Men’s 100m Preliminary rounds – Heat 2 : Banuve Tabukaucoro ran equal 3rd with a time of 10.59. This was his season’s best run and qualified for Round 1
Men’s 100m Round 1 : Heat 4 Banuve finished 8th with a time of 10.70 and did not qualify for the semi-finals.
In the Men’s 100kg Elimination round of 32, Tevita Takayawa lost to Serbia’s Aleksandar Kukolj 10-0 and was eliminated.
Rugby Sevens Men’s
The Rugby Men’s Team successfully defended their Gold medal from Rio 2016 with a 27-12 win against New Zealand in a tough final.
Fiji beat Japan 24-19, Canada 24-14, Great Britain 33-7 in pool play and went on to beat Australia 19-0 in the quarterfinal and Argentina 26-14 in the semifinal.
Rugby Seven’s Women’s
The Women’s team after losing 12-5 France in their first Pool B, bounced back to winning ways and defeated Canada 26-12 and Brazil 41-5 to book a quarterfinal date with Australia who they beat 14-12 before going down 22-17 in extra time to eventual winners New Zealand in the semifinal.
The Rusila Nagasau captained side won the Bronze medal match after beating Great Britain 21-12.
Team Fiji’s youngest athlete, Sophia Morgan competed in the Laser Radial Women’s Sailing Competition and finished 42nd after 10 races.
Taichi Vakasama competed in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke where he finished 4th in Heat 1 with a time of 2:17.35. He did not qualify for the semi-finals.
Cheyenne Rova competed in the Women’s 50m freestyle where Cheyenne finished third in heat 5 with a time of 27.11. Cheyenne did not qualify for the semi-finals.
Sally Yee lost to Chelsea Edghill of Guyana in the Women’s Singles Preliminary Round, 4 sets-1.
By Reginald Chandar