Israeli Acrobatic Gymnasts Take Gold at Geneva Championships


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In the midst of global turmoil, Israel has some very good news to share. With only weeks to go until the Olympic games begin in Japan, the Israeli team won gold at the World Acrobatics Championships currently taking place in Geneva, according to a press release.

The team of young Israeli athletes took first place, beating trios from Russia and Portugal. According to a Jerusalem Post report, Michal Stratievsky, Yarden Ron and Tamar Stoller received a score of 28.450 points.

In other competitions Israeli athletes have also performed stupendously. Linoy Ashram, a rhythmic gymnast, earned a gold medal at the European championships in June; thus paving her way to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games

The JPost reported that the Israeli gymnastic team also represents their local acrobatics club Hapoel Begin Holon, having won the Union Cup for their age category in the past year.

Last week, other Israeli gymnasts took the first place spot in an international competition. According to a report on Israel 21C, the team performed a routine that included mid-air splits, human pyramids and flips.

The report indicated that the team (composed of four young men named Eran, Liran, Moshe and Liad) competed at the 11th World Age Group Competitions in Geneva, which is also known as the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique.

In the 11-17 age group category, the Israeli team prevailed over their age contemporaries from such countries as Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia and Portugal, among others.

The World Age Group Competitions serve as a precursor to the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships, to be held from July 2 to July 4. They are split into three categories – 11 to 17, 12 to 19, and 13 to 20, as was reported by Israel 21C. Each of these is in turn split into five– men’s pairs, women’s pairs, mixed pair, women’s group and men’s group. The four-member Israeli team took gold in the latter category.

The contest serves as an opportunity for young talents to present their skills on a global stage, as well as to highlight promising future athletes. This year’s competition drew more than 500 gymnasts representing 25 countries.

A video of the winning Israeli team has reached 27,000 views on Facebook, garnering reactions from more than 3,500 people, including many Israelis who proudly lauded their achievement.

Acrobatic gymnastics was developed in Europe in the 1950s, and the first World Championships transpired in Moscow in 1974. The field has been included in the World Games since 1993. (Sources; JPost, Israel