RIO 2016

Day 3 at Rio: Brazil claim gold and Chinese flags to be modified

Brazil win first gold medal as Rafaella Silva takes Judo un the Sub 57kg final. Del Potro marches on in tennis after dispatching Portugal's Sousa.

Day 3 at Rio: Brazil claim gold and Chinese flags to be modified
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Brazil claim first gold

Judo: Rafaela Silva upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win hosts Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday.

Silva, who grew up in Rio's notoriously violent City of God neighbourhood, sunk to her knees after winning the under-57kg final with a half point waza-ari score from a leg reap counter attack, before leaping into the stands to hug her supporters.

Silva, ranked only number 11 in the world, had upset the world number two Kim Jandi of South Korea in her second contest. She needed a period of golden score to get past Romania's Corina Caprioriu in the semi-final after a nervy bout that remained on tenterhooks throughout.

Judo - Olympics: Day 3RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Rafaela Silva of Brazil celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Women's -57 kg Final - Gold Medal Contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Del Potro delights fans

Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro followed up his shock Olympics defeat of Novak Djokovic by downing Portugal's Joao Sousa on Monday in front of a legion of passionate, vocal Argentine fans.

The giant 27-year-old, ranked at 141 in the world after years of wrist injury misery had pushed him to the brink of quitting, swept to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win.

He goes on to face Japan's Taro Daniel where he will start favourite, especially if he again musters the support of the fans who turned centre court into a little corner of Buenos Aires on Monday. Dressed in sky blue football shirts, they draped national flags and banners over the barriers and responded defiantly when locals booed the mention of del Potro's name.

"It was really hard for me. I cannot believe my match from last night and I already won another match at the Olympics," said the 2009 US Open champion.

Sin tituloArgentina's Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after winning his men's second round singles tennis match against Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016

Japan end Judo gold medal drought  

Judo: Japan's Shohei Ono won gold in the men's -73kg judo at the Rio Games on Monday, 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.

Judo - Olympics: Day 3Shohei Ono of Japan (white) reacts after defeating Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan in the Men's -73 kg Final - Gold Medal Contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

New Chinese flags to be made

The Rio 2016 organising committee is making new flags for China after Chinese citizens watching the ceremony on television complained that the stars were incorrectly positioned.

"The flags produced had been approved by the Chinese prior to production. You have to be very familiar with the Chinese flag to notice it (the mistake)," Games spokesman Mario Andrada said.

"Yesterday we managed to go back to (the) company. They are producing a bunch of correct flags to be delivered here shortly.

Sin tituloThe Chinese national flag is seen on a flagpole in Beijing on August 8, 2016. Most of the five stars on the Chinese flags being used at medal ceremonies at the Rio Olympics are misaligned, officials said, prompting a diplomatic protest and online fury.

Norway too strong for "Las Guerreras"

Handball: Spain's women's handball team fell short this evening as they came against Norway in their second match of the games. The lost 27-24 after a promising debut win against Montenegro on Saturday.

Spain's next opponent are host nation Brazil on Wednesday.  

Macarena Diaz Aguilar #10 of Spain takes a shot in the second half against Norway on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Future Arena on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Bra