Israeli Gymnast Wins Gold and Sets New World Record at European Competition

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Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram.
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram. Credit: \ Vladimir Pesnya / Sputnik
Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram chalked up an unprecedented achievement on Saturday by setting a new world record in the club competition in rhythmic gymnastics at a competition in Minsk, Belarus. The 19-year-old scored a 20.650, the highest mark awarded since the rules were changed two years ago. The score clearly places her at the top of the rankings in the category.

Ashram also won a gold medal in the all-around category, with a weighted average mark of 77.800, even though in the ribbon exercise she dropped the handle and received a relatively low score of 17.100. Ashram is expected to reach the finals in the individual competitions in every competition event. The finals will be held on Sunday.

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At the last European gymnastics championship, Ashram finished in fourth place, and is hoping to be in peak form at the world championship in artistic gymnastics to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in September. She hopes to recap her achievement at the last world championship competition in Pesaro, Italy, where she won two bronze medals in the all-round event and in the ribbon competition. She was the first Israeli gymnast to go to the podium in the all-round event.

Ashram also holds two bronze medals from the 2017 European championships held in Budapest. Since the beginning of the year, she has won five medals in all-around events in preliminary rounds for the world championships: one gold, two silver and two bronze ones. She has 11 other medals for individual events in those competitions. Ashram is the first Israeli to win two gold medals in preliminary rounds for the world championship in a single year and the first since 2013 who wasn’t originally from a Russian team.

Linoy Ashram and her medal. She is first Israeli to win two gold medals a year in the competition.Credit: Courtesy of the Gymnastics Association

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