New Zealand won the Gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and crowned a cycle that had begun after the frustration of the final lost in Rio 2016 in view of Australia.
It was a long process with mixed emotions for New Zealand girls during these five years. Tafter the stumble against Australia (17-24) in the final of Rio 2016 It was the starting point for a path that ended in the best way, with the victory against France in the Tokyo 2020 final.
New Zealand finished at the top of the standings in the Women’s World Tours in 2017, 2019 and 2020. In turn, from Rio 2016, to the present, the Black Ferns 7s were left with 16 of the 22 stages contested, winning in 2020, all the contests, with the exception of the Glandale tournament. At the same time, Between April 2018 and April 2019, the New Zealanders had a 38-game losing streak.
Already installed in Tokyo 2020, those led by Allan Bunting had a smooth ride until the semifinals. With triumphs before Kenya (29 to 7), Great Britain (26 to 21) and the Russian Olympic Committee (33 to 0), New Zealand again saw their faces with the Russian cast in the quarterfinals to beat him 36-0.
The story in the semifinals would be different. Faced with a very sharp Fijian cast, the Olympic champions had to redouble their efforts and in a match that was defined in overtime, they reached the final thanks toGayle Broughton’s try (22 to 17).
What happened in the final against France is already known history. The victory by 26 to 12 marked the closing of a perfect cycle for the New Zealand girls, who completed a four-year process obtaining not only the revenge they came to seek in Tokyo 2020, but also to give the first gold medal to the your country’s rugby in the history of the Olympic Games.