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Israeli Gymnast Wins Silver at World Championships

This weekend, Israel earned its third-ever medal at the World Gymnastics Champtionships. The Times of Israel reports that the feat was accomplished thanks to gymnast Artem Dolgopyat's impressive second-place finish in the floor exercise, which you can watch above:

Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat scored the best-ever finish by an Israeli at the World Gymnastics Championships Saturday night, claiming the silver in the tightly fought floor exercise in the individual apparatus finals.

Twenty-year-old Dolgopyat scored 14.533 points for his routine, finishing 1.1 points behind Japan’s Kenzo Shirai, who racked up 15.633, and just ahead of American Moldauer Yul’s 14.500.

It was a third floor exercise crown for Shirai, the defending champion at the World Gymnastics Championships. All five apparatus titles decided at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium went to those who had taken crowns in 2015 at Glasgow in the previous edition of the worlds.

A relative newcomer on the international stage, Dolgopyat was making his first appearance at the competition.

“I know that it’s rare to achieve this at my first finals. I couldn’t have asked for more,” he said hours after the win. “I still can’t quite believe it...”

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