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Israeli Gymnast Makes History

Neta Rivkin wins Israel’s first international rhythmic gymnastics medal
By: Leonard Carl
Published: September 22nd, 2011 in News » Israel

For the first time in its 63 year history, the state of Israel is the proud owner of a medal from an international rhythmic gymnastics competition at a worlds or an Olympics.

Neta Rivkin, a 20-year-old Israeli gymnast won the first-ever medal at the World Championships in Montepelier, France this week, when she took home the bronze for her Spanish-inspired hoop routine during the apparatus finals.

Rivkin, who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, also came in sixth in the ball finals.

The gymnast, who is ranked behind Russian Olympic champions Evgenia Kanaeva and Daria Kondoakova, was speechless after instantly becoming an Israeli hero.

"There are no words to describe what I'm feeling now. Words cannot describe my joy,” said Rivkin who will try to land a spot in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

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