Israel Gymnastics Wins Gold Ahead of the Olympic Games

Two weeks prior to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Israeli Gymnastics team has attained remarkable achievements at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics held in Baku, Azerbaijan last weekend.

At the competition that ended yesterday (July 24), the Israel national team, comprised of Yuval Filo, Alona Koshevatskiy, Ekaterina Levina, Karina Lykhvar and Ida Mayrin successfully acquired the gold medal at the ribbons event after obtaining a total of 18.500 points, finishing 0.15 points ahead of the Russian team (18.350). Spain acquired the bronze medal after obtaining 18.250 points.

Israel Gymnastics Team

The gold medal the team acquired on Sunday was added to the silver medal they previously acquired at the all-around event on Saturday.

The national team has also won the historic team gold medal at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in June.

The Israeli team also competed at the Clubs and Hoops apparatus event finals on Sunday, where they managed to place fourth after finishing with 18.250 points.

At the individual event, Israeli individual rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin has managed to acquire an impressive total of 18.500 points, which brought her in the third place behind the two Russian athletes.

She was assigned to hold the country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. She will represent the country in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition in Rio. Rio 2016 will serve as her third Olympic participation as she competed in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Neta Rivkin

“My ambition is to win an Olympic medal. All my efforts are currently focused on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; I am putting in doing my absolute utmost to do the very best at the Olympics,” said Rivkin.

The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan last weekend, was the last competition the Israeli gymnasts will face before the real battle in Rio de Janeiro takes place.

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