Israeli Gymnast Snags Silver Medal at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

Less than a year before Tokyo Olympics, Linoy Ashram finished second in the hoop event at the world championships; another Israeli, Nicol Zelikman, finished fourth

Linoy Ashram of Israel competing at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Competition.
Amit Schissel

Linoy Ashram of Israel snapped up a silver medal on Tuesday in the hoop event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her Israeli teammate Nicol Zelikman finished fourth.

Ashram scored 23.400 in the hoops, which temporarily put her in the No. 1 spot ahead of Dina Averina of Russia. But Russia's Ekaterina Selezneva bested Ashram, taking the gold, which still left Ashram taking home the silver.

This is Ashram's fourth world championship medal on an individual apparatus. She won a bronze in the ribbon competition in Italy in 2017 and a silver at last year's championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in the hoops and a bronze medal in the ribbons.

At this point, the Israeli has actually won medals in all of the world championships between the Rio Olympics in 2016 and next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. She won a bronze in the all-around in 2017 and a silver in 2018, the category considered the most prestigious in that it weighs performance in all four pieces of rhythmic gymnastics apparatus together. It's also the only such discipline in the Olympics. The finals in the all-around in Baku will take place later this week.

Israeli Nicol Zelikman scored 21.450 in the hoops, falling short of prior performance. Zelikman lost a possible spot on the medal podium after she was followed by Selezneva. Zelikman's main goal in the world championship is to finish in the top 16 spots in the all-around to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo.