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China The Olympic wait is over for China’s women
Qualifying in style

China missed out on a place at Rio 2016, losing their Olympic Repechage quarter-final to eventual winners Spain.

The team’s Olympic dream was realised three years later, however, when they won the Asia Rugby qualification tournament.

China, then coached by Rio silver medallist Sean Horan, beat Hong Kong 33-0 in the final to secure their place in style.

Sevens pedigree

China made their World Rugby Sevens Series debut in the very first women’s event in Dubai in 2012.

They have twice been a core team, qualifying in both 2015 and 2019.

The team’s best performance at a World Series event came at the France Women’s Sevens 2019, when they finished seventh.

China have also competed at three Rugby World Cup Sevens, making their debut at RWC Sevens 2009.

Meanwhile, the team has won one gold and two silver medals at the Asian Games.

Core player

Chen Keyi played a starring role in getting China to Tokyo, scoring nine tries in the Asian qualifier.

Included in those was a brace in the final against Hong Kong as she confirmed her standing as one of the brightest prospects in sevens.

Chen has scored 196 points, including 26 tries, in 54 World Series matches and will hope to transfer that form to the Games.