Linoy Ashram Captures Israel’s 2nd Gold Medal of Tokyo Games

Aug 7, 2021 | Jews in Sports

Israeli rhythmic gymnastics superstar Linoy Ashram won the Olympic gold medal in the Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics all-around final on Saturday, with an overall score of 107.800, placing first in the hoop, ball and clubs exercises.

Israeli Nicol Zelikman, who also participated in the final finished with an impressive seventh place, recording an overall score of 95.600.

Three time world champion, Russian Dina Averina, came in a close second to capture the silver medal with a total score of 107.650, while the Belarusian Alina Harnasko picked up the bronze with a score of 102.700.

First up was hoop, with Ashram receiving an incredible score of 27.550 good for first place in the rotation while Zelikman placed 10th and last receiving a score of 23.700.

During the ball exercise, Ashram continued to perform fantastically, again placing first with a score of 28.300, to the tune of a remix of Alphaville’s “Big in Japan.” Zelikman continued to perform well with a score of 24.150.

Ashram had her best performance of the final in the third rotation, the clubs, with another impressive score of 28.650 set to a Beyonce medley of ‘Level up’ ‘Crazy in Love’ ‘Diva’ and ‘Run the World,’ which again placed her first for the round. Zelikman continued to improve her performances during the clubs exercise, receiving a score of 25.600.

In the final rotation, the ribbon, Ashram scored 23.300, to place first overall with a total score of 107.800 to take home the gold.

Zelikman’s final exercise went fantastically, receiving a score of 22.150, to round out the final with an overall score of 95.600 and a come-from-behind seventh place finish.

Earlier on Saturday, the Rhythmic Gymnastics team qualified for the final with a fourth place finish in the all-around competition as Ofir Dayan, Yana Kramarenko, Natalie Raits, Yuliana Telegina and Karin Vexman will look to take a place on the podium on Sunday.

This will be Israel’s fourth consecutive Olympic final in this event which will include eight teams including Bulgaria, the Russian Olympic Committee and Italy.

Over in athletics, Maor Tayuri finished in 48th place in the Women’s Marathon while Lonah Chemtai Salpeter ended the event in 66th, over 21 minutes off the gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya. In the Women’s 10,000m Selamawit Teferi placed 23rd overall. Early Sunday morning will see Marhu Teferi, Girmaw Amare and Haimro Alame run in the Men’s Marathon.

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