Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara host the Israeli national team of rhythmic gymnastics in June, 2016. (Kobi Gideon/GPO) (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Israeli national team of rhythmic gymnastics

Israel’s national rhythmic gymnastics team won several medals, including a gold, at the International Federation of Gymnastics World Cup finals over the weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Israeli team members Yuval Filo, Alona Koshevatskiy, Ekaterina Levina, Karina Lykhvar, and Ida Mayrin won the gold medal in the ribbon exercise on Sunday, while Russia took the silver medal and Spain won the bronze.

Competing in the clubs and hoops finals on Sunday, the Israeli team finished fourth. Israel won the silver medal on Saturday in the all-around competition.

This was the team’s last international competition before the Rio Olympics.

Israeli gymnast Neta Rivkin won a bronze medal in the ball exercise. Rivkin, perhaps the most prominent member of Israel’s team, will represent the Jewish state in the rhythmic gymnastics individual competition in Rio. It will be her third Olympic Games.

By: Israel Hayom/Exclusive to