Imagine the discomfort of having your hair yanked while running at full speed.
Canada’s Charity Williams knows the pain all too well after it happened to her during a rugby sevens match at Tokyo 2020 in a shocking incident.
The 24-year-old, a bronze medallist from Rio 2016, picked up the ball inside her own 22 and set off in pursuit of the try-line during the match with Brazil in Pool B.
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But opponent Bianca Silva had other ideas and, after failing to catch her legally, resorted to the dark arts to stop her.
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“It’s a hair pull, that’s a yellow card offence,” said the referee as he quickly sent Silva to the sin bin with the scores tied at 0-0.
Ultimately, it didn’t matter. Canada put the incident behind them with Williams scoring the opening try in a resounding 33-0 win.
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