Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram finished third in the all-around competition at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, making her the first Israeli to ever win a medal in the category.
Prior to Ashram’s performance Friday in Pesaro, Italy, the best result for an Israeli in the category was Neta Rivkin’s seventh place finish at the 2015 world championships.
The all-around competition includes hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon.
— RGWCH2017 (@RGWC2017) September 2, 2017
Following her third-place finish, Ashram said the significance of the historic result is “slowly” starting to sink in.
“I am slowly beginning to comprehend what I did, but on the other hand I must be focused and quickly return to my routine in order to work on my next goals,” the 18-year-old Rishon Lezion native told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in an interview published Sunday.
Asked about the possibility of winning a medal in the 2020 Olympics, Ashram said “in the meantime I am not thinking about that.”
“There are three years of hard work waiting for me, and slowly we’ll get there,” she said.
“In the meantime I want to thank everyone for the support — the team of coaches, Hapoel Rishon Lezion [sports club], the Olympic committee and the people of Israel,” she added.
Finishing first and second in the all-around competition were Russian identical twins Dina and Arina Averina.
The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.
We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.
Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.