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Fiji wins first-ever gold medal, entire country loses it

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Fiji's men's rugby 7s team has made history by defeating Great Britain and claiming the country's first-ever medal — a gold — and Twitter is ablaze as their kinsmen back home celebrate with the fervour of a thousand suns.

The men from the former British colony dominated their opponents, towering over them with a 43-7 victory at the final whistle.

Right up until the match's last moment the people of Fiji appeared to be holding their breath, with one local bank even closing for 30 minutes during game play because sports + patriotism = LIFE.

Once the final whistle blew, the proud nation collectively lost it, with it's citizens literally dancing in the streets, hanging flags from buildings and celebrating with the unbridled joy of a country that finally won a gold medal after decades of trying.

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Fiji's reaction to nation's first-ever gold medal win
They're dancing on the streets of Suva - Fiji pick up their first ever Olympic medal - #gold in #Rugby7s! #FIJ https://t.co/soCJnlqxqi
Our friends from across the road at Reserve Bank of Fiji celebrating #FIJ 's #Gold view from #ANZFiji @TeamFiji https://t.co/2EZ7CsNMPU
Today we are exclusively serving FijiGold beer on board all our flights.
Beautiful job, Fiji! What a win! https://t.co/ZaZyVIUzco
🇫🇯🙌🏾HUGE CHEERS over in #Fiji...Mossy & Robbo are back on @EONSportsRadio NOW!😜 TUNE IN ➡️ https://t.co/Om1pBtUiMa https://t.co/wBfzmyw3AC
Everyone is celebrating in Fiji! #olympicfever https://t.co/5ZqTVByKYr
Fiji is the #1 trending search in the world as their rugby team wins the country's first medal. #gold #Fiji https://t.co/FhoCMf41MT
For the first time in Olympic history, the #FIJ national anthem is played. #Rio2016 https://t.co/h7X4TsiB5A
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While their country was enjoying the win back home, the team celebrated their historic win (apart from the wearing of a crisp gold medal) with an emotional victory song.

Fiji have been competing at the Olympics since the Melbourne games of 1956 but have not claimed gold until now, the first year the sport, popular in Fiji, was included in Olympic competition.

The moral to the story? If at first you don't succeed, keep trying and maybe 60 years later you'll absolutely wipe the floor with your competition.

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