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Israeli gymnast breaks world record to take home the gold

Linoy Ashram, 19, broke a world gymnastics record at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Minsk, Belarus. The Israeli team finished in fifth place overall.

Linoy Ashram. Credit: Ayelet Zussman via Wikimedia Commons.
Linoy Ashram. Credit: Ayelet Zussman via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram broke a world gymnastics record at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday.

The 19-year-old from Tel Aviv scored a 20.65 for her clubs performance, beating 2018 European Championships winner Russian Dina Averina’s high score of 20.05.

Ashram racked up 77.800 points in the all-round stage of the Aug. 18 competition, taking home the gold medal. The Israeli team finished in fifth place overall.

The Israeli Olympic Committee said that since Ashram also won gold at the Challenge Cup competition in Spain in May, she is the first person in the history of the competition to win two gold medals in one season.

Ashram is the first Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win an all-around medal at the World Championships, which she did in 2017, the first Israeli to win gold at the Grand Prix Final, the first Israeli to win gold in a World Cup series apparatus final and the first to win gold in the all-around in the World Cup series, which she achieved at the 2018 Guadalajara World Cup.

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