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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On the morning of Tuesday, August 9th, Brazil is in eleventh place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Game medal race, with one Gold and one Silver. The first Gold for Brazil was won yesterday (Monday, August 8th), by Rafaela Lopes Silva, age 24, in the female 57 kg weight class after defeating the Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa of Mongolia in the finals.

Silva, who currently holds the rank of third sergeant in Brazil's Navy, is a Carioca (native of Rio de Janeiro) and grew up in the favela community of

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