Judoka Silva in action with her Olympic opponent
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Judoka raised in favela brings home Brazil's first Gold

For Rafaela Silva the gold medal marks a fairytale rise to Olympic triumph from a childhood in one of Rio's most notorious favelas.

Her family sent her to judo classes so she could defend herself growing up. Now she's an inspiration to poor, black children in Rio's favelas.

Julia Carneiro reports.

  • 10 Aug 2016
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