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Judoka Rafaela Silva thrills home fans by claiming Brazil’s first gold of Games

• The 24-year-old from Rio’s famous Cidade de Deus wins 57kg women’s final
• Victory marks impressive comeback after she was disqualified at London 2012

As the clock ticked down, ever so slowly, on Brazil’s first gold medal of the Olympics, the crowd in the tiny Carioca Arena 2 seemed about to explode. Rafaela Silva, the country’s beloved judo star, stood poised to win the 57kg women’s final against Mongolia’s Dorjsurengiin Sumiya, ahead 10-0 and yet time kept stopping for officials calls. Everybody in the stands stood, many waved Brazilian flags. They sang, They chanted. Nearly three days was a long time to wait for a gold when the Olympics is on your soil.

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