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Silva gold medall for Brazil while Ono ends japanese wait for gold

Río de Janeiro. August, 8 2016. (IKKOSPORTS) - The Rio 2016 Olympic Games delivered a day full of emotion and exhilarating judo as judo was the world's leading trend on Twitter which was fuelled by the Olympic gold medal victory of Rio de Janeiro's own Rafaela SILVA (BRA).

SILVA, who was her country's first female world judo champion in 2013, earned Brazil's first gold medal from any sport at their home Olympics with a herculean effort which had the crowd, the nation and indeed the world in euphoria.

Pan America Championships bronze medallist SILVA, 24, hails from the city's Cidade de Deus favela and found her way into the sport through the Instituto Reação academy in Rocinha which was opened by Olympic bronze medallist Flavio CANTO (BRA) in 2000 as a centre for disadvantaged children to have access to academic studies and sport.


-57kg: From a Rio favela to Olympic gold for Brazilian role model SILVA

Former world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) hails from Rio's Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela and now lives 20 minutes away from the Carioca Arena 2. SILVA started judo in school as a means to channelling her energy into something positive and judo offered structure. Rafaela and her older sister Raquel moved on to Instituto Reação, a judo school for all ages and abilities. The Brazilian saw her teammates fall on the first two days and today in Alex POMBO SILVA (BRA) in the -73kg category, but with hope in her heart, talent in her hands and the stage of all stages at her feet, in her city, she was not going to be denied.

SILVA, who has a tattoo which reads 'So Deus sabe quanto eu sofri, e o que fiz pra chegar ate aqui' [Only God knows how much I have suffered and what I have done to get here] on her right bicep next to a tattoo of the Olympic rings, brought her country and her mentors Flavio CANTO and Geraldo BERNARDES to tears in jubilation. SILVA faced double World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) in the -57kg final and with the crowd on their feet throughout the contest, the carioca scored a waza-ari which was the only score in the gold medal contest as the Brazilian anthem was sung from all corners of the arena.

SILVA told the Olympic News Service: "I'm very happy about the result. I've been training a lot these last few years and the results are showing." On the support from Brazilian fans, the Rio 2016 hero said: "It really helped me with momentum and the pressure against my opponents. The stadium was shaking, everybody was screaming and cheering for me at every minute."

In the first semi-final Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) was left to rue what could have been as DORJSUREN threw the Japanese star for ippon after just 24 seconds. In the second semi-final London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) fell to Rio de Janeiro's own SILVA in golden score. A dramatic finish was guaranteed when the contest reached golden score where the first score or penalty decides the outcome. SILVA assured her country of their first judo medal at Rio 2016 by a waza-ari after having a first waza-ari score awarded and then cancelled by IJF referee commission.

The first -57kg Olympic bronze medal contest of the day saw four-time world silver medallist Telma MONTEIRO (POR) defeat beaten semi-finalist CAPRIORIU. Portuguese hero MONTEIRO won her country's second Olympic judo medal - after Nuno DELGADO won bronze at Sydney 2000 - by throwing her Romanian rival with a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi which was the only score the contest.

In the second -57kg Olympic bronze medal fight MATSUMOTO faced a training partner and close friend in Asian Championships bronze medallist LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE). Japan's only London 2012 Olympic gold medallist MATSUMOTO was the favourite in Rio but had to settle for bronze which was the fifth in three days for the hosts of the next Olympiad. A yuko in the favour of MATSUMOTO settled the contest after four minutes as LIEN - who had won their last meeting at the World Judo Masters in May - finished a highly-respectable fifth for Chinese Taipei delegation.


SILVA, Rafaela (BRA) vs DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)

Bronze Medal Fights

MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) vs LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)


CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU) vs SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)


-73kg: ONO wins Japan's first Olympic judo title at Rio 2016

Two-time and reigning world champion ONO Shohei (JPN) became Japan's first male Olympic judo champion since Beijing 2008 as he wowed the Rio crowd and sports fans the world over by defeating European champion Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) in the -73kg final. UCHISHIBA Masato and ISHII Satoshi were the last male Japanese judoka to win the Olympics in 2008 as their men's team missed out on judo gold at the Olympics for the first time in London. ONO put that right today with a breathtaking performance which evoked memories of the success of his mentor HOSOKAWA Shinji (JPN) who rushed to congratulate his Tenri University student after the final and three-time Olympic champion NOMURA Tadahiro who congratulated the 24-year-old in the mixed zone. ORUJOV, who has always struggled against Japanese opponents, was Azerbaijan's first Olympic finalist in judo since Elnur MAMMADLI won this category in 2008. The Azeri was still delighted with his silver medal and long may his rivalry with ONO continue to light up the sport.

Japan's newly-crowned Olympic champion ONO said: "I can't understand how I'm feeling right now. I'm very happy. I was focused going into the final and I wanted to be the champion and not in second place. But it is my best result so far."

In the first semi-final ONO defeated former world bronze medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) by ippon with a yoko-tomoe-nage having registered a full house of scores with a yuko and a waza-ari initially giving him control of the contest. It was VAN TICHELT who produced a brilliant and surprise third round win over number one seed AN Changrim which crushed the young South Korean as he was inconsolable as he left the field of play.

ONO signs a backpatch before throwing it into the crowd

In the second semi-final ORUJOV defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Sagi MUKI (ISR) by a yuko and fought back the tears as he left the sight of the audience to enter the mixed zone as he held his belt aloft above his head and tried to control his emotions.

The first -73kg Olympic bronze medal contest was won by London 2012 -66kg Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) who threw MUKI with a ko-soto-gake for ippon.

The second -73kg Olympic bronze medal contest saw London 2012 -66kg Olympic silver medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) face VAN TICHELT. UNGVARI, 35, who was willed on by his screaming brother and Hungarian national team member UNGVARI Attila in every contest, tapped out to a juji-gatame as Belgium got off the mark on the tatami at Rio 2016.

Final ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs ONO, Shohei (JPN)

Bronze Medal Fights

MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)
ONO, Shohei (JPN) vs VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)

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