Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team takes gold in European Championship

 
RHYTHMIC GYMNAST Linoy Ashram captured a gold medal for Israel yesterday at the European Games. Ashram has four overall medals so far in Minsk (photo credit: OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF ISRAEL)
RHYTHMIC GYMNAST Linoy Ashram captured a gold medal for Israel yesterday at the European Games. Ashram has four overall medals so far in Minsk
(photo credit: OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF ISRAEL)

Israel's senior rhythmic gymnastic group won the gold medal with 67.575 points, Azerbaijan the silver with 66.3 points, and Ukraine bronze with 63.7 points.

Israel took gold on Friday in the group all-around competition of the European Championship's first competition of 2020 in Ukraine, European Gymnastics announced.
The team includes Ofir Dayan, Yana Kramaranko, Yuliana Tilgin, Shai Ben Ruby, Bar Shpushnikov and Karin Waxman. The win is also attributed to trainers Ira Vigdorchik, Racheli Feiga Vigdorchik and Noa Kadosh, N12 reported. 
Israel's senior rhythmic gymnastic group won gold with 67.575 points, Azerbaijan silver with 66.3 points, and Ukraine bronze with 63.7 points. 
Israel's team advanced to the second qualifying round on Friday with the combined exercise hoops & clubs exercise, receiving a score of 33.475. Friday's score combined with the 34.1 score from Thursday's "five-balls" exercise won Israel its gold medal status. 
Israel's win was expected, as some of Europe's most prominent teams, such as Russia, Belarus, Italy, and Spain, were absent as they decided not to join the competition out of coronavirus concerns.
Italy, which came in fourth during the previous championship in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, had registered for this year's competition before dropping out, according to the official Olympic Channel. However, that same event's gold and silver medalists, Russia and Spain, didn't register for this year's competition.