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June 20, 2016 1:39 pm

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Wins Historic Gold Medal at European Championships (VIDEO)

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

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

JNS.org – 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 37 countries participated in the competition.

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