Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team wins historic gold medal at European Championships



The Israeli rhythmic gymnastic team during the ribbon portion of the European Championships. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

( The Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team on Sunday won its first-ever gold medal at the European Championships.

The team’s five female members—Yuval Filo, Alona Koshevatskiy, Ekaterina Levina, Karina Lykhvar, and Ida Mayrin—took gold in the clubs and hoops category with a score of 18.316. They also won silver for their ribbon routine and bronze in the all-around competition.

"We are so proud. We really enjoyed performing here. The crowd was amazing," said team captain Koshevatskiy, the Times of Israel reported. “It is a realistic target to win a medal in Rio, but we are not thinking about it."

More than NIS 8 million (about $2 million) was invested in organizing the three-day championships, which were hosted in Israel for the first time. More than 30 countries participated in the competition.

Posted on June 20, 2016 .