Lionesses beat Colombia to end Olympics charge on a high
Kenya Lionesses left the Rio 2016 Olympics on a high when they beat Colombia 22-10 in the ninth place play-off for their first victory of the competition as curtains came down on women’s sevens rugby on Monday.
Mike Shamiah’s side that lost all their Pool B matches to end their interest in the quarterfinals kicked off the historic final day of action in the sport that is making its debut at the Olympics against Colombia in the placing encounter.
The Lionesses were in trouble early on when Colombia got off to a fast start when
Sharon Acevedo found a big gap down the middle and turned on the pace to score their first points of the tournament.
After conceding early, Kenya’s life became more difficult when Doreen Nziwa headed to the sin-bin for not rolling away, with Colombia enjoying the majority of the early possession.
But that’s until Janet Okelo takes a superb outside arc and accelerated past Khaterinne Medina to level matter. Medina atones just before the break with a try of her own and Colombia had the 10-5 advantage at half time.
After the break, Lionesses turned the tables on the South Americans and got off to a scintillating start when Philadelphia Olando made a powerful break forward and fed Irene Otieno to finish off the try to level the scores with four minutes to play.
Kenya were finding their groove as this time Okelo got on the bike and showed her wheels on the right-hand wing to score her second try.
Janet Owino added the extras and with the final play of the game Celestine Masinde puts the cherry on top with their fourth try.