18-year-old gymnast makes history at World Championships

Linoy Ashram became the first Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win an individual all-around medal at the competition.

Who knew playing with hoops could garner you international glory?

Linoy Ashram – who grew up just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel – took home the bronze medal in the all-around competition at the World Championships of rhythmic gymnastics this weekend. This makes her the first Israeli to ever medal in this category. Russian identical twins Dina and Arina Averina took the gold and silver medals.

“I’m really happy that I managed to prove to everyone how hard I work,” she said after the event in the seaside town of Pesaro, Italy. “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.”

This follows an impressive summer where she medaled in competitions in Poland and Russia, events that led up to the World Championship in Italy. In May, she won five gold medals at the Maccabiah Games, an international sporting competition that took place in her home country of Israel. While there are more matches on the horizon, the young Ashram already has her sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Lovely moment with my lovely coach 😘❤

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