August 8, 2016 / 8:32 PM / a year ago

Judo: Silva wins first gold for host country Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - 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 joyous celebration of their first Olympic gold as host country.

Rafaela Silva (BRA) of Brazil celebrates. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Ken Ferris and Meredith Mazzilli

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