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Medal Chase Ends for USA Women

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Medal Chase Ends for USA Women

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The USA's medal chase is over in the Women's Olympic Rugby event in Tokyo.

The Eagles lost 21-12 to Great Britain, staking GB to a 21-0 lead thanks to two tries from Jasmine Joyce and another from captain Abbie Brown—Holly Atchison converted all three.

The USA's difficulty in getting possession early in the game bit them badly here, and it wasn't until late in the second half that Kristi Kirshe was able to score an unconverted try. Naya Tapper also touched down, but that was when the game was essentially over.

So vying for the medals will be New Zealand (36-0 winners over ROC), Fiji (14-12 upset winners over Australia, Great Britain, and the winner of France and China. 

The USA plays the loser of France v China in the 5th-place semi. Australia plays the Russian Olympic Committee team in the other.