Despite narrowly missing out on reaching the knockout rounds, a member of the Brazilian women’s rugby team received a far greater gift.
After the match between New Zealand and Australia, Isadora Cerullo’s girlfriend, Marjorie Enya and a manager at Deodoro Stadium, asked her to marry her.
Cerullo, who is a member of the Brazilian women’s team which finished ninth place in the first-ever Olympic rugby sevens, became the first athlete to receive a marriage proposal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Enya gave an emotional speech before the couple embraced to applause, the BBC reports.
“As soon as I knew she was in the squad I thought I have to make this special,” she said. “I know rugby people are amazing and they would embrace it.”
The couple had been together for two years.
“She is the love of my life,” Enya told the BBC. “The Olympic Games can look like closure but for me it’s starting a new life with someone.
“I wanted to show people that love wins.”
Brazil had made same-sex marriage legal in 2013 – outside some of the sporting venues in Rio, there was also a broadly positive reaction to the marriage proposal.
“I think when people make the choice of what they want to do, you know, they have the right to choose what they want to do,” said one man.
“I think the proposal was wonderful and accurately represents the Olympic spirit… The union of different populations, tolerance, respect for diversity. But unfortunately in Brazil people still have a lot to do. We are making slow steps to get more rights, independent of sexual orientation,’‘ another woman said