Israeli gymnast wins two gold medals in world gymnastics competition

Linoy Ashram, one of Israel’s best hopes for a medal in the upcoming Summer Olympics, won two gold medals and one bronze this past weekend at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Bulgaria.

On Saturday, with an impressive score of 98.45, Ashram took home the all-around gold for Israel by winning multiple separate events including routines with a hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon. She followed that victory with another gold on Sunday in the ball event with a 26.5 score. Ashram also placed third in the hoop event, with a score of 26.1, earning a bronze medal.

A statement by Israel’s Gymnastics Federation praised Linoy for her outstanding performance in her first international competition of the season. “Linoy presented new exercises with high levels of difficulty, and we are proud of her for achieving such an excellent score, which is undoubtedly the result of the hard work put in by Linoy and her trainer, Ayelet Zussman.”

Ashram’s two trips to the top of the podium in world competition are the fruit of many years of sacrifice and second place finishes. In the 2019 World Championship in Azerbaijan, she managed to win a silver medal in the hoop event and a bronze in the ball competition. And in 2020, Ashram gained the attention of the world gymnastics community when she became the first Israeli European all-around champion, winning gold at the European Championships in Ukraine.

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