Tuesday, 9 August 2016

RIO-2016: Wild Celebration As Host Brazil Win First Gold In Rio

Brazil won their first gold medal of the Rio Olympics as Rafael Silva triumphed in the women's 57kg judo.

Silva defeated world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia by Waza-ari to delight a partisan crowd at Carioca 2.
The gold medal marks a fairytale rise to Olympic triumph from a childhood in Rio's notorious 'City f God' favela for Silva.

"Judo is my life", said Silva. " I love competing at home, because of the fans. Their cheering helps a lot." " I hope that this medal opened doors for more medals this week."

Silva qualified for the London 2012 games but was disqualified in the early rounds for a rule violation.

London champion Kaori Matsumoto of Japan took bronze alongside five-time European champion Telma Monteiro of Portugal.