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  • 17 May
    导出博客文章BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson won two matches on
    the 19th hole Thursday at Oakland Hills to advance to the U.S. Amateur
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    around the green, it was pretty special.Carlson will face Illinois junior Dylan
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    stroke-play qualifying, 4 and 3 in the morning and outlasted Englands Sam
    Horsfield in 19 holes in the afternoon.Against Horsfield, Meyer made a 10-foot
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    -- Ever since rugby was approved for the Olympic sports program in Rio, Fijians
    have believed their sevens team will win their first ever medal at the Summer
    Games.It just might not be the team they expected.The Fiji womens team, unsung
    and largely overshadowed by the world series champion mens team, produced the
    only upset on day one at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be on the verge of
    making the quarterfinals.Fijiana, as the team is known, upended the United
    States 12-7 in their opening game. And even though they were then smashed by
    gold medal-favorite Australia 36-0, they should beat winless Colombia on Sunday
    to secure a playoff spot.We wont talk too much about (a medal), but thats
    obviously deep inside and, if we can achieve that for Fiji, well be stoked, said
    forward Rebecca Tavo, a former Australia captain who switched to Fiji last year
    to help them qualify for Rio.Fijiana barely rated a mention before the Olympic
    tournament, understandable after fading to eighth place following a promising
    start to the womens world sevens series.But back home, they got fitter and
    better by combining their camp with the mens team, winner of the last two world
    series. Inspired and motivated by the men, the women changed their diet and
    training plans. Out went carbohydrates and fatty, local staples such as cassava
    and dalo, and in came lean meats and salads. Add that to running up and down the
    Sigatoka sand dunes, and you could see the girls bodies changed a lot, Tavo
    said.Having upgraded their fitness, they fine-tuned for the Olympics together
    with the mens squad again in Santiago, Chile, where many of the women touched
    snow for the first time, during a bus trip up the Andes.Our preparation was a
    dream, Tavo said.The Fijians turned their opening match into a nightmare for the
    Americans, who had won seven of their nine previous matchups. Watched by IOC
    president Thomas Bach, a guest of World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, and in
    balmy 33-degree (90 F) temperatures, Luisa Tisolo pulled off a show-and-go and
    Fiji led 7-0 at halftime.A turnover from a big tackle saw Timaima Ravisa sprint
    clear for 12-0. The U.S. cut the gap to five with four minutes to go, but
    Fijianas tackling was fierce, and one last hit by Lavenia Tinai snuffed out the
    American comeback.ddddddddddddOne of our hallmarks is our aggression, Tavo said.
    You can tell our girls, `Fijianas, have no fear.Chris Cracknell, the former
    England captain who became Fijis womens coach a year ago, saw good and bad in
    the game.They can emulate what the boys do, in their own right they can do some
    spectacular things, Cracknell said. Defensively, when were abrasive, we get
    ourselves into the game, but we let the U.S. back into it. We started chasing
    tackles because we were enjoying it so much.Their success will boost efforts in
    Fiji to attract more female players. Already, World Rugbys Get Into Rugby
    program, plus the Pacific in Union venture, a partnership between Oceania Rugby,
    the Australian Rugby Union and the Australian government, have drawn about
    20,000 players each, but theres plenty of room for more growth, Fiji Rugby Union
    womens development officer Vela Naucukidi told the Fiji Sun.The FRU is also
    researching through the University of the South Pacific the barriers and
    motivations for women playing rugby in Fijis male-dominated society. They have
    already learned female rugby players are seen as smart, confident, and brave,
    but elders are worried about the safety and well-being of girls.Fijiana are
    trailblazers, FRU development manager Sale Sorovaki told the Fiji Sun. They
    started playing rugby when not many other women did, and they made their way to
    compete in the Olympics. We honor their effort and we want to make it much
    easier for the next group of women who are coming through.Thanks to qualifying
    for the Olympics last November, the Fiji womens squad became contracted in March
    to the FRU for the first time. Five of this team have been playing rugby for
    less than a year.Theyre pretty amazing, just the connection they have, U.S.
    forward Kathryn Johnson said. Theyre really wonderful girls as it is, on and off
    the field. Its fun just to be on the field with them. ' ' '