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Rafaela Silva wins Brazil's first gold medal of Rio Olympics

Silva raised her arms to the crowd in triumph as she beat Dorjsuren on a waza-ari, following a pulsating semi-finals victory that went into extra time against Romania's Corina Caprioriu. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 08, 2016, 08.44 PM (IST)
Brazil's Rafaela Silva overcame top seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to win gold in the women's -57kg judo on Monday, sending the crowd into a  joyous celebration of their first Olympic gold as the host country.

Silva raised her arms to the crowd in triumph as she beat Dorjsuren on a waza-ari, following a pulsating semi-finals victory that went into extra time against Romania's Corina Caprioriu.

Gold for Silva marks a fairytale rise to the Olympic podium from a childhood in Rio's notorious "City of God" favela, and provides redemption for a disappointing London 2012 when she was disqualified in the early rounds for a rule violation.

Portugal's Telma Monteiro and Japan's Kaori Matsumoto won bronze.

(Reuters)
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