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Rafaela Silva wins first gold for Brazil in Olympics and beats racism

Rafaela Silva has made her country proud by winning the first gold medal of the Olympic games in judo. A�Overcoming poverty in Brazila��s most notorious favela, the a�?City of Goda�? Silva took up the sportA�because she loveda�� and had toa�� fight.

According to aA� virgara, virgara, virgara, virgara, virgara, virgara. Sports IllustratedA�articleA�chronicling her path to the Olympics,A�Silva a�?spent the first eight years of her life in the City of God, getting into fights with boys and getting expelled from school.a�?

Silva quickly found her love for judo and rose to fame until theA�2012 London Olympics, where she was disqualified for an illegal hold during the preliminary round.

If that wasna��t enough of a disappointment, Silva came home to find her social media flooded with racial comments.

a�?I was very sad because I had lost the fight,a�? Silva told CBC. a�?So I walked to my room, I found all those insults on social media, they were criticizing me, calling me monkey, so I got really, really upset. I thought about leaving judo.a�?

Silva took a few months off, but when she came back, she threw herself back into training and became the 2013 world champion.

And now, she has claimed the gold medal as well, earning praise from people around the world, including Brazila��s president Dilma Rousseff.

a�?It is a great joy to see that Brazila��s first gold medal was won by a black woman,a�? Rousseff tweeted.

 

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