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Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat takes gold at World Cup in Cairo

Dolgopyat continues his winning streak after Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 and another gold in Doha earlier this month

Artem Dolgopyat of Israel, poses after winning the gold medal after the floor exercise artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on August 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
File: Artem Dolgopyat of Israel, poses after winning the gold medal after the floor exercise artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on August 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Israeli gymnast and Olympic gold-medalist Artem Dolgopyat continued his winning streak Saturday, taking home the gold in the floor routine at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cairo.

The medal secures Dolgopyat’s place in this year’s World Gymnastics Championships, which start on October 29 in Liverpool.

Dolgopyat arrived at the finals ranked 3rd, but gave a strong performance that earned him 14.5 points and shot him to the top.

This is the 24-year-old’s second gold medal this month, after winning another one on March 4 during an earlier stage of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Last year Dolgopyat won Israel’s second-ever Olympic gold medal, beating out tough Spanish and Chinese competition in the artistic gymnastics floor exercise competition to take the top spot on the Tokyo 2020 podium.

The athlete immigrated to Israel from Ukraine at the age of 12, was considered Israel’s best hope for a gold medal at the games.

Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram ended up joining him in that achievement, winning her own gold at the games and ending over two decades of Russian dominance in the sport.

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