Brazil’s Rafaela Silva thrilled the home crowd by giving the hosts their first women’s gold medal of the World Judo Championships on Wednesday in Rio De Janeiro.
The 21-year-old won silver at the worlds in 2011 and after bowing out in the early stages of the Olympics last year she finally won her first major title when she beat American Marti Malloy on the third day of competition.
Silva defeated Malloy by ippon in less than a minute to take gold in the -57 kilo class.
Japan continued their fine showing at the world championships when Shohei Ono won the men’s -73kg title beating France’s Ugo Legrand.
Ono won his first major title when he threw the experience Legrand for ippon halfway through the fight at the Maracanazinho Arena.
His victory over the Olympic bronze medallist gave the Japan team its third straight men’s gold in the championships following triumphs by Naohisa Takato in the 60-kilo division and Masashi Ebinuma in the 66-kilogram category.