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Israeli Gymnast Makes History

An Israeli gymnast has made history with her recent performance at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Italy. Israel Hayom's Adi Rubenstein reports that Linoy Ashram won the bronze, and has her eye on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020:

Linoy Ashram's "breathtaking" performance made Israeli history on Friday by taking home the bronze medal in the all-around competition at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Pesaro, Italy.

A day earlier, the 18-year-old gymnast took the bronze in the ribbon event, finishing with a score of 16.650.

Ashram, who overcame a serious injury early in her career, delivered a stunning performance to become the first Israeli gymnast to ever medal in the all-around competition. The result is significant because the all-around is the only event at the World Championships in which Olympic medals are handed out...

Beyond the obvious implications for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, her historic result, of course, immediately makes Ashram the greatest Israeli gymnast of all time...

"With this medal I proved I can do anything," Ashram said. "I need to continue to work hard and never stop believing in my abilities. It is far from a given that I managed to win a medal at the World Championships, especially my first World Championships. I'm really excited and this hasn't really sunk in yet..."

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