Israeli Gymnast Wins Second Consecutive Silver in European Championships

21-year-old Artem Dolgopyat, who won the floor exercise challenge in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series last years, has his eyes on the Tokyo Olympics

File photo: Artem Dolgopyat of Israel competes on the floor exercise during day one of Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on October 2, 2017 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
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Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won his second consecutive silver medal in the floor exercise at the European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Saturday. The 21-year-old, who came in first in the qualifying round with 15.366 points, got 14.9 points in the final, putting him in second place.

Dolgopyat was bested only by Russia's Artur Salaloyan, who won the gold medal with 15.1 points.

The Israeli silver-medalist was the youngest competitor, while another Israeli gymnast, 32-year-old Alex Shatilov was the oldest. His 14.466-point showing was enough to give him fifth place.

In order to reach next year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo as a solo gymnast, Dolgopyat must get a medal in the floor exercise at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship or come in first at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series, where he won the floor exercise challenge last year. He came in fifth in the World Championships last year, falling short of his performance in 2017, when he won the silver medal.

The gymnast's silver medal qualifies him for a 35,000-shekel (about $10,000) award from the Israel Olympics Committee, Culture and Sports Ministry, and the Sports Betting Council. His coaches will receive half the sum.