Israel's Andrey Medvedev Wins World Gymnastics Bronze in the Vault

Injuries marred the Russian-born athlete's performance at the three previous World Championships, keeping him out of the Tokyo Olympics

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Israel's Andrey Medvedev in his bronze-medal performance in the vault at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Sunday, Kitakyushu,Japan.
Andrey Medvedev in action in Kitakyushu, Japan, on Sunday. Credit: Philip Fong / AFP
Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir

Israeli gymnast Andrey Medvedev won a bronze medal Sunday in the men's vault at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the first time he has qualified for the finals in the big event.

Medvedev, who was born in Ulyanovsk, Russia, and moved to Israel when he was 12, won the silver at the European Championships in 2019 and 2021.

In his first jump Sunday's in Kitakyushu, Japan, Medvedev scored 14.533, and in his second 14.776, for a weighted tally of 14.649. The gold medal went to Carlos Yulo of the Philippines and the silver to Yonekura Hidenobu of Japan.

Injuries marred Medvedev's performance at the three previous World Championships; because he competed injured in the 2019 competition, he missed out on the Tokyo Olympics.

Medvedev’s performance in Kitakyushu follows another Israeli achievement there, with Ofir Netzer coming in sixth Saturday in the finals for the women’s vault, with a total score of 13.616, her personal best.

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