Israel wins historic silver in rhythmic gymnastics
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Israel wins historic silver in rhythmic gymnastics

In Turkey, team continues strong performances, placing second in clubs exercise

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israel's national rhythmic gymnastics team competes in Turkey, Sunday, September 28, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)
Israel's national rhythmic gymnastics team competes in Turkey, Sunday, September 28, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)

Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team won the silver medal in the clubs exercise at the World Championships in Izmir, Turkey, on Sunday, the country’s best showing ever in the sport.

The five-woman team secured its spot in the final round with an outstanding performance in the preliminary round, giving them the fifth spot heading into the finals.

They made no mistakes in their performance in the final round, giving them a score of 16.983, behind only Spain’s 17.433.

Belarus came in third with 16.6.

Members of Israel's rhythmic gymnastics teems show off their silver medals, Sunday, September 28, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)
Members of Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics teems show off their silver medals, Sunday, September 28, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)

Israel’s best previous showing in the World Championships was a 2011 bronze medal in the hoops and ribbons exercise.

The team, newly constructed after the 2012 London Olympics, won bronze at the last European championships.

Israel placed sixth in the balls and ribbons event at the World Championships.

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