Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram wins silver, bronze medals at World Championships
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Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram wins silver, bronze medals at World Championships

20-year-old Israeli athlete adds more hardware to already impressive haul as she inches closer to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Linoy Ashram, of Israel, in action during the women's individual multiple competition in rhythmic gymnastics at the Second European Games in Minsk, Belarus, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Linoy Ashram, of Israel, in action during the women's individual multiple competition in rhythmic gymnastics at the Second European Games in Minsk, Belarus, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram took home silver and bronze medals at the World Championships on Tuesday, adding more hardware to an already impressive haul ahead of next year’s probable Olympic run.

Ashram won silver in the hoop competition and bronze in the ball competition, snagging the medals on the second day of the games being held in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

“I am proud to represent Israel here and of course, going to [the] Tokyo 2020 Olympics would be a dream. It’s a dream of every athlete,” Linoy told the Olympic Channel after the competition.

Ashram has racked up an impressive series of victories in recent competitions, making her, a 20-year-old Rishon Lezion native, a favorite to medal at the Olympic Games next summer.

In August 2018, Ashram won two golds and a bronze medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup, setting a world record in the clubs event. A month later, she finished second in the world championships, the best ever performance by an Israeli gymnast.

So far in 2019, Ashram has won seven medals at international competitions; three gold medals at the Grand Prix in March, and in June, she snagged two gold and two silver medals at the European Games.

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