Gymnastics: Rivkin Israel’s latest Olympian

Neta Rivkin became the first Israeli to win a medal at the worlds when she claimed a bronze in the hoop final last week.

September 25, 2011 05:30
Neta Rivlin

Neta Rivlin. (photo credit: Amit Shisel)


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Neta Rivkin booked her place at next summer’s London Olympics on Friday, ending the all-around competition at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Montpellier, France in 10th position.

The 20-year-old, who became the first Israeli to win a medal at the worlds when she claimed a bronze in the hoop final last week, recorded a result of 107.925 points in the all-around final in which she needed to finish among the top-15 to secure a berth at the London Games.

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“This was a crucial competition and I managed to achieve all the targets I set myself,” said Rivkin, who also took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a 16- year-old.

“I booked my ticket to the Olympics and I reached the final in all four of the individual competitions, while also winning an historic medal, which was a dream come true.”

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