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July 25, 2016 1:18 pm

Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Takes Gold in Azerbaijan

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Israeli rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin will represent Israel in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition in the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Bauken77 via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin will represent Israel in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition in the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Bauken77 via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israel’s national rhythmic gymnastics team won several medals, including a gold, at the International Federation of Gymnastics World Cup finals over the weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan. This was the team’s last international competition before the Rio Olympics.

Israeli team members Yuval Filo, Alona Koshevatskiy, Ekaterina Levina, Karina Lykhvar, and Ida Mayrin won the gold medal in the ribbon exercise on Sunday, while Russia took the silver medal and Spain won the bronze.

Competing in the clubs and hoops finals on Sunday, the Israeli team finished fourth. Israel won the silver medal on Saturday in the all-around competition.

Israeli gymnast Neta Rivkin won a bronze medal in the ball exercise. Rivkin, perhaps the most prominent member of Israel’s team, will represent the Jewish state in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition in Rio. It will be her third Olympic Games.

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