Judoka Silva wins first gold for host country Brazil: Rio Olympics

Aug 10, 2016 14:14 IST

Rio Olympic Judoka Rafaela Silva on 9 August 2016 won the women’s 57kh judo gold at Rio Olympics. With this, she also won the first gold for the host country Brazil at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Silva’s win was extra special as she grew up in host city Rio de Janeiro and blossomed to become an Olympic champion despite the tough conditions of her native City of God favela.

Japan's Shohei Ono restored the pride of Judo's birth country by winning first Gold in 73kg category. Ono ended an anxious wait for a Japanese men's team that had not claimed Olympic gold since 2008 in Beijing.

Ono's victory also ended Japan's sequence of five judo bronze medals in Rio. Japan won just one gold medal in judo at the London Games.

Other awards of Judo includes

Women

• Silver: Sumiya Dorjsuren from Mongolia. With this, Dorjsuren also became the first Mongolian women to win an Olympic judo medal.

• Bronze: Kaori Matsumoto from Japan and Telma Monteiro from Portugal.

Men

• Silver: Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan.

• Bronze: Dirk Van Tichelt from Belgium and Lasha Shavdatuashvili from Georgia.

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