Rio Olympics: Rafaela Silva wins first gold medal for Brazil


Rafaela Silva, Judo fighter of Brazil earned the first gold medal for the host country at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeating Mongolia’s Sumiya Dorjsuren in the 57 kg final.

Silva, who brought up in the Rio de Janeiro slum becomes famous by the film “City of God” and was a run of success in her hometown, and won the world championship in 2013.

The ninth-place finisher at the 2012 London Games defeated German fighter Miryam Roper and South Korea’s Kim Jan-di in her first two bouts on Monday.

Silva, 24, went on to dispatch Hedvig Karakas of Hungary in the quarterfinals and Romania’s Corina Caprioriu in the semifinal contest before defeating Sumiya Dorjsuren in the final.

Rafaela Silva recieve the award with the Mongolian judoka who took the silver medal, and Portuguese fighter Telma Monteiro shared the bronze with Kaori Matsumoto of Japan, the 2012 Olympic champion.

Wefornews bureau 

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