Israeli Gymnast Wins Both Gold and Bronze at European Championship

A number of top European gymnasts were absent from this year’s tournament due to COVID-19, clearing the way for Artem Dolgopyat to be the clear favorite

Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir
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Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat poses with his medals at the European Championship, Mersin, Turkey, December 13, 2020.
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat poses with his medals at the European Championship, Mersin, Turkey, December 13, 2020.Credit: Courtesy of the Israel Gymnastics Federation
Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir

Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat made history on Sunday after winning both gold and bronze at the European Championship.

Dolgopyat won gold in floor exercise after scoring 15 points, beating his main rival Yahor Sharamkou from Belarus who won bronze, and Croatian gymnast Aurel Benovic who surprised everyone and came in second, earning him a silver medal.

Dolgopyat came in third in the vault exercise, making him the first Israeli gymnast to win two medals in the same European Championship.

Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper congratulated Dolgopyat, saying: “Well done on this amazing achievement. We’re proud of you.”

A number of top European gymnasts were absent from this year’s tournament in Mersin, Turkey, due to COVID-19, clearing the way for Dolgopyat to be the clear favorite.

Dolgopyat cemented his position as one of the world’s leading gymnasts last year after winning a silver medal in the men's floor exercise at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart.

In 2018, the Israeli gymnast won the gold medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup competition

That made Dolgopyat the first Israeli to win two silver medals at the World Championship after his previous win in 2017.

Israel’s Olympic hopeful was born in Ukraine but immigrated to Israel with his family in 2009 at the age of 12.