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Canada womens bound for Rio Canada womens bound for Rio The Canadian women's 7s team made up for the men's failure by becoming the first team to successfully qualify for Rio Olympic.


The history unfolded during the Amsterdam Sevens as the team beat Australia 20-17 to win the leg and ultimately book a ticket to rugby's cathedral tournament.††

Canada finished second with 96 points versus overall leaders New Zealand with (108), Australia (94), and England (94) who have all qualified for Brazil.

Ghislaine Landryís try with one minute remaining put Canada ahead for good after a back-and-forth final. Canadian captain Jen Kish retrieved the ensuing kickoff to end Australiaís hopes of a comeback.

"Theyíve been playing some great rugby, Iím so proud of them," said Canadian coach John Tait.

"We capitalized on their mistakes and we stuck together," said Kish. "I think that was what got us the victory."

After receiving their medals, the Canadian women celebrated on the field to the sounds of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

Sundayís Cup final was a rematch of last week in London, where Australia scored three late tries to defeat Canada 20-15. Amsterdam was the last event of the six-stop womenís circuit.

It marked the first time the Canadian women had made it to two finals in the same season. They had lost their two previous final appearances, both to New Zealand.The top four teams in the overall standings at the end of play Saturday automatically qualified for the 2016 Games.

Series leader New Zealand booked its ticket to Rio last week in London. The Canadians and Australians were informed they had secured Olympic qualification midway through competition Friday.

The final berth was decided in the third-place playoff Saturday when England edged the U.S. 15-14.

New Zealand won the Series overall title for the third year in a row just by showing up in Amsterdam.

The Kiwis finished third in London last week.

Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and England have already qualified for the menís Olympic field.

The 12-country Olympic fields will be filled out by regional qualifying tournaments and a world repechage competition. Host Brazil does not need to qualify.

The Canadian men will have to get past the surging U.S. Eagles at the North American qualifying event in June in North Carolina.

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