Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team wins gold at European Championships

Unprecedented clubs and hoops victory gives girls’ squad momentum for August Olympics in Rio

Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team won a gold medal on Sunday at the European Championships for the first time in the group’s history.gym-635x357

The five-member, all-girl squad took gold in the clubs and hoops category.

The five-member, all-girl squad took gold in the clubs and hoops category.

The team also won a silver medal for its ribbon routine, and, two days ago, captured the bronze in the all-around competition.

The team from Belarus topped the Israeli squad in ribbons, with 18.516 points to 18.4.

The favorite, Russia, disappointed with many mistakes, earning a score of just 17.933, which kept it off the podium.

After Sunday’s success of the Israeli rhythmic gymnasts at the European Championships — which took place in the Israeli city of Holon — the team will be heading in August to the Olympics in Rio, where it will compete in the all-around.

The Article was published on the 19th of June 2016 on The Times of Israel 

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