Tuesday, 09 August 2016 - 14:16
Rio 2016: Australia sees Olympic rugby seven's gold medal as a victory for women's sport
Co-captain Shannon Parry has hailed Australia's Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens in Rio as not only a victory for the nation but also women's sport.
Australia made history by winning the first gold awarded in women's rugby sevens at the Olympics with a tight 24-17 triumph over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the Deodoro Stadium.
The Australians had been pre-Olympic favourites, courtesy of winning the 2015-16 world series, but were forced to weather an early attacking storm from New Zealand before prevailing with a four tries to three win.
Rugby sevens is among the fastest growing sports in the world and the number of women participating in the sport is enjoying a boom.
The exposure women's rugby sevens has gained from being a part of the Olympic program in Rio is only expected to accelerate this popularity.