Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram rings up silver medal at World Championships
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Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram rings up silver medal at World Championships

Fresh off record-setting clubs routine last month, Ashram continues to turn heads ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Israel's Linoy Ashram performs during an individual hoop final at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at Arena Armeec in Sofia on September 11, 2018.  (AFP/ Dimitar DILKOFF)
Israel's Linoy Ashram performs during an individual hoop final at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at Arena Armeec in Sofia on September 11, 2018. (AFP/ Dimitar DILKOFF)

Israeli athlete Linoy Ashram notched a silver medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Tuesday as she continued to twirl her way toward the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Ashram came in second place in the individual hoop final at the second day of the championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a score of 20.000. She was bested only by Russia’s Dina Averina, who received a score of 20,850.

Ashram’s Israeli teammate Nicol Zelikman got fifth place in both the hoop and the ball final. Ashram failed to make the final for the ball event.

“This is a historic silver medal. But I’m also looking ahead to the next three days of close competition,” Ashram said, according to Hadashot news.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated her for the “awesome achievement” in a tweet.

Israel’s Nicol Zelikman performs during the individual ball final at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at Arena Armeec in Sofia on September 11, 2018. (AFP/Dimitar DILKOFF)

The all-around competition includes hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

Wednesday and Thursday will see the gymnasts compete in the clubs event.

Last month Ashram broke a world record in the event at the Gymnastics World Cup with a score of 20.65 for her clubs demonstration, surpassing the 20.05 record set at the 2018 European Championships by Averina.

Ashram went on to win the gold medal in that competition, becoming the first person in the history of the Challenge Cup to win two gold medals in one season, after she won a gold in the competition in Spain in May.

Last year she finished third in the all-around competition at the Championships in Italy, making her the first Israeli to ever win a medal in the category.

Linoy Ashram of Israel performs her clubs routine during in 2017 (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

Ashram is widely considered among Israel’s best medal hopes at the 2020 Olympics, where awards are given out for individual all-around and group all-around.

At the 2016 games in Brazil, Israel finished sixth in the group all-around, and Neta Rivkin, previously considered Israel’s best rhythmic gymnast, finished 16th in the individual competition.

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