TEL AVIV – An Israeli gymnast won a gold medal on Saturday, but not before breaking the world record in the clubs round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Minsk.
Nineteen-year-old Linoy Ashram received a score of 20.65 for the clubs event, surpassing the 20.05 record set at the 2018 European Championships by Russian Dina Averina.
She then went onto to win gold for the the all-around competition, which includes hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon, with a score of 77.800.
Ashram is also the first person in the competition’s history to ever bag two gold medals in one season, following a win in Spain in May. That win marked Israel’s first-ever gold medal in the World Challenge Cup competition.
Ashram has set her sights on improving her overall scores at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria later this year. Last year she finished third in the all-around competition at the Championships in Italy.
In the 2016 Maccabiah’s rhythmic gymnastics competitions, Ashram took all five gold medals.
She is hoping to compete for Israel at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.