Israel Wins its 2nd-Ever Gold Medal - and Sets a New Record


Tokyo 2021 has already become Israel's most successful Olympics in history and there is still more to go. On Sunday, the big news was that Artem Dolgopyat won Israel's second-ever gold medal (following windsurfer Gal Fridman's victory in 2004), this time in the men's floor exercises in artistic gymnastics. It was Israel's first-ever medal in gymnastics and the three medals Team Israel has won so far is a new record for any one Olympics. (Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP)



Already Israel has won this year:

A bronze medal in Taekwondo - our first-ever medal in the sport - by the precocious 19-year old Avishag Semberg. In a touching moment, she rushed into the stands to embrace Yael Arad, Israel's first-ever medalist (she won silver in judo in the 1992 Barcelona games). Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP. https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-tokyo-medal-avishag-semberg-takes-taekwondo-bronze-israels-1st-in-sport/



A bronze medal in the new mixed team portion for judo. Judo is Israel's best Olympic sport - 6 of our 12 medals have been in the discipline - and while unfortunately our individual fighters failed to medal this time around, they managed to pull together as a team to collectively gain a spot on the podium. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP. https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-judo-team-advances-to-quarter-finals-after-win-against-italy-675445


Now Israel can add their second-ever gold medal with Dolgopyat's masterful performance. That being said, his qualifying round was even better and he thought he had choked in the finals, but apparently everyone's nerves got the best of them in the competitions and he just managed to squeak out the win. To learn more about our new national hero and his big win, check out the articles below:


https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-artistic-gymnast-wins-olympic-gold-medal-at-mens-floor-finals-675517

https://www.timesofisrael.com/from-ukraine-to-israel-to-tokyo-journey-of-an-olympic-gold-medalist/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-modest-gold-medalist-artem-dolgopyat-proves-a-disarming-olympic-hero/


And some more photos (by Mike Blake and Lindsay Wasson/Reuters):


You can watch the gold-medal winning performance here:



And of course, the playing of Hatikvah at the Olympics for just the second-time...



Meanwhile, the Israel baseball team is still alive after a big 12-5 win over Mexico today (photo by AP/Matt Slocum). The Israeli team will need to defeat South Korea (the defending Olympic champions) early on Monday in another "win or go home" game in order to advance to the semi-finals. And Selamawit Teferi, set an Israeli record in the women's 5000m, running 14:53.43, and in doing so made it to the final of the event on Monday. Otherwise, we just missed medals in judo, men's and women's windsurfing and the triple-jump. We also made two finals in swimming, which equals our output in all previous Olympics combined.


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