Silva wins first gold for host Brazil

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.

Silva defeated Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to win the gold.   -  Getty Images

Shohei Ono of Japan won the men's 73kg gold.   -  Getty Images

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.

Silva raised her arms to the crowd in triumph as she beat Dorjsuren on a waza-ari, following a pulsating semifinals 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.

Later in the men's 73kg final Japan's Shohei Ono defeated Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan 110s1-000 to clinch the gold, ending an anxious wait for a Japanese men's team that had not claimed Olympic gold since 2008 in Beijing.

Ono had been on a surge all day and emphatically capped his campaign with an ippon — judo's equivalent of a knockout — to defeat Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan. Ono's victory ended Japan's sequence of five judo bronze medals in Rio.

Belgium's Dirk Van Tichelt and Georgia's Lasha Shavdatuashvili took bronze.