Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram proved that she belongs in the top echelon after winning a silver medal in a rhythmic gymnastics exercise in the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Ashram got a score of 20.00. She opened the championships weakly on Monday, failing to make the finals in the ball competition after dropping the ball twice. She improved during the qualifying round, however, setting a score of 19.5, which garnered her the fourth spot in the finals. During the finals she outdid herself and scored the medal.
Another Israeli gymnast, Nicol Zelikman, got the fifth spot in the finals. This is the first time ever that Israel has sent two representatives to the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.
The silver medal serves as a serious boost of confidence to the young Israeli gymnast. Ashram's declared aim was to win a medal at the all-round competition, which is also the only gymnastics field that will be featured in the Tokyo Olympics.
Ashram stunned in the all-round competition at the world championship last year, winning a Bronze medal.
Her weak performance during the ball exercise will make rising to the finals a lot harder, but success in other fields is likely to carry her through.
During the finals scores are counted anew, which means that mistakes she made at the beginning of the championships won't affect her if and when she does make it to the finals.
Ashram has had a great year. While she finished fourth in the all-round competition at the European championships, she did come in first when scores were added up for the world cup. She also set the best score in the club competition since the rules were changed two years ago, setting a world record.
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