Written by Staff Writer
09 Aug, 2016 | 2:32 pm
Brazilians celebrated in the stands after Rafaela Silva won gold in women’s judo at the Rio Games yesterday, claiming the first Olympic gold medal for the host country and capping a journey to the podium that began in one of the city’s most notorious slums.
Silva raised her arms in triumph as she overcame top seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia, following a pulsating semi-finals victory that went into extra time against London silver medalist Corina Caprioriu of Romania.
The world champion Chinese duo were the favourites to win, but it was the first time they have dived together at an Olympics.
Steele Johnson and David Boudia of the United States took the silver medal. Britain’s Thomas Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won bronze, edging out a German duo on their last dive.
Across six dives, China scored highest in every dive but one.
With Monday’s performance, Lin became the first diver to win repeat Olympic gold medals in the event.
Australia became the first Olympic champions in women’s rugby sevens when they ran out convincing 24-17 winners over trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand in the gold medal final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio on Monday.
The world series champions went behind early in the match but unanswered tries from Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Ellia Green and Charlotte Caslick gave them a lead New Zealand were unable to overhaul.
The Australians huddled in tearful hugs under the posts at the realisation their dream, not only of having the chance to compete in the Games but of winning gold, had been realised.
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