Israeli Athlete Wins All-Around Silver in Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Israeli rhythmic gymnast star Linoy Ashram, 19, received the silver medal in the individual all-around final of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, last Friday.

It was her second silver in the competition, as she won second place in the hoops competition earlier in the week. Ashram also took home a bronze for her performance in the ribbon event.

In August, Ashram set a new world record with a score of 20.65 points in the clubs event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup Championship in Minsk. Ashram also won the gold medal in the all-round phase of the competition, in which gymnasts perform routines using a hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon.

Ashram is considered one of Israel’s best hopes for an Olympic medal at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. At the 2016 games in Brazil, Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team finished sixth in the group all-around.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Ashram on Saturday night to congratulate her. “You have caused all of us to be proud. You do this with amazing flexibility and great personal ability,” he said.

(via Israel21c)

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