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Israeli Olympic hope Ashram wins 2nd gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics World Cup

Athlete picks up gold in ball category, bronze in hoop after taking the top spot in the all-around individual event

Linoy Ashram of Israel performs with the ball during the 36th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Linoy Ashram of Israel performs with the ball during the 36th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram picked up two more medals Sunday at the sport’s World Cup competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ashram finished first in the ball category, taking gold with a score of 26.5.

She also won a bronze medal in the hoop event, with a score of 26.1

Ashram came fourth in the club and ribbon fields.

Israeli Adi Katz came in eight in the hoop event on Sunday.

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Posted by ‎איגוד ההתעמלות בישראל Israel Gymnastics‎ on Sunday, March 28, 2021

On Saturday, Ashram won gold in the all-around individual event.

The competition in Bulgaria is one of four rhythmic gymnastic World Cup events before the 2021 Olympics and acts as a qualifier for the Olympics.

Ashram, 21, trains in Rishon Lezion in central Israel with coach Ayelet Zussman.

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of Israel’s stronger sports. Ashram has won numerous medals in recent years and is seen as one of the country’s leading hopes in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.

In November, Ashram won a gold medal at the European Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine where she narrowly defeated Belarussian Alina Harnasko to take home the all-around title, with a total score of 100.9.

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