Israeli Gymnasts Score an Historic Gold in European Championships

The medal earned at the contest in Holon makes room for optimism ahead of the Olympics in Rio two months from now.

Israeli team poses for a picture after being awarded the gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics, June 19, 2016.
Uri Talshir

Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team won a gold medal for the first time in an international competition on Sunday for the clubs and hoops category, at the European Championships being held in Holon, Israel.

The team also won a silver medal for their ribbons routine.

These feats came two days after the team won a bronze in the all-around competition.

Israel's Rhythmic Gymnastics teams wins its first gold medal.
Uri Talshir

Belarus bested the Israeli team in ribbons, with 18.516 points to 18.4. Russia, a favorite, had many errors in their routine, and scored just 17.933, not enough even for a bronze.

The five-member team's win provides a lot of room for optimism ahead of August's Olympics in Rio where the young women will compete as well in the all-around.

Ynetnews reports that Israel also did well in the juniors category on Sunday, with Nicole Zelikman, 15, winning both a silver and a bronze.