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Brentford FC fan leads Fiji to their first ever Olympic gold - by beating Great Britain!

Which Bees supporter has just made history but denied Team GB another gold in Rio?

Champions: Ben Ryan celebrates winning gold in Rio with Fiji player Ro Dakuwaqa

Brentford FC fan Ben Ryan last night helped Fiji win their first ever Olympic gold medal – by defeating his native Great Britain.

Ryan, who was born in Wimbledon but grew up in Brentford, is the head coach of Fiji's Rugby Sevens side, who hammered GB 43-7 in last night's Olympic final in Rio.

The hectic World Sevens schedule means Ryan spends much of his time travelling the world, but he always keeps an eye out to see how Dean Smith's men are getting on (he admits to a fondness for Manchester United too, but we'll gloss over that).

Buzzing: Ryan is a Bees fan(Image: Lewis Darling)

Ryan's west London connections do not end there – he also went to school at St Benedict's in Ealing and was a successful schoolboy sprinter for Thames Valley Harriers, based at the Linford Christie Stadium in Acton.

Later in life, he attended both Loughborough University (BSc in Sports Science) and Cambridge University (MPhil in Education), where he won two Blues as a scrum-half in the winning sides of 1995 and 1996, as well as captaining the Light Blues’ Sevens team.

He went on to play club rugby with Nottingham, West Hartlepool and Newbury, while teaching at St Edwards's School in Oxford, and it was at Newbury that he started his coaching career, as a backs coach, 14 years ago.

Head boy: Ryan during his spell as England Sevens head coach

He later became Newbury's director of rugby, leading them into the Championship in his first season, and went on to coach both the England Counties and England Sevens sides.

In charge of the England Sevens side for six years (2007-13), he became the longest serving coach in the role and led his country to their first Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 20 years in his last year in charge – where they lost to New Zealand.

Ryan stepped down from the role in 2013 and was replaced by current incumbent Simon Amor. He soon after took over the Fiji Sevens side and has since led them to 10 tournament wins, including the 2014-15 Seven World Series, and now the Olympic title.

As for GB, the silver proved to be their first Olympics rugby union medal in more than 100 years, having also come second in both 1900 and 1908.

It should be noted that only three and two nations respectively entered in those years – one of the reasons rugby was dropped from the Olympic programme in 1924 before being reinstated this year in the form of Sevens.

Keep up to date with how Brentford are doing, like Smith, by keeping an eye on GetWestLondon - including all the build up, action and reaction to tomorrow's game against Ipswich Town.

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