Israeli Gymnast Brings Home Second Gold Medal

Linoy Ashram wins her second gold medal in Minsk after setting a new world record on Saturday

Itamar Katzir
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Linoy Ashram and her medal. She is first Israeli to win two gold medals a year in the competition.
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
Itamar Katzir

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram continued to excel at a competition in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday, winning yet another gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics.

After chalking up an unprecedented achievement at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup Championship on Saturday and setting a new world record in the club competition, Ashram won gold in the same category in the finals Sunday afternoon. To top it off, the 19-year old also won bronze in the ball competition and sixth in hoops.

Ashram, who scored a 20.650 Saturday – the highest mark awarded since the rules were changed two years ago, received a score of 20.250 Sunday. In the ball competition, Ashram finished third with a score of 19.650.

Sunday, Ashram 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.

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.