Wednesday, September 14 2022

Illustrative: Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat competing in France in 2018. Photo: Aristoi/Wikimedia Commons

Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat on Sunday won a gold medal in the men’s floor exercise final at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Munich, Germany.

“You are a champ! Great pride! “, congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

The Ukrainian-born Israeli athlete who has just recovered from injury came in first with a score of 14.966 overtaking Hungarian gymnast Krisztofer Meszaros in second place and British athlete Jake Jarman in third place.

“I’m very happy to be back for the first big competition since the Olympics and I’m glad I had a good workout,” Dolgopyat said. Told Israeli news portal N12. “I would especially like to thank my physiotherapist who rehabilitated me in just two weeks from a leg injury.”

Dolgopyat’s score came weeks after the gymnast was unable to compete because he was diagnosed with a foot injury. Last year, Dolgopyat won a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the country’s first gold medal since Athens 2004, and its first in artistic gymnastics. The Olympic gold medalist in December received the Light of Israel Award from the Israeli Foreign Ministry for representing the country to the world by excelling in his professional field.

“Incredibly proud of gymnast Artem Dolgopyat for winning the gold medal at the European Gymnastics Championships in Munich,” tweeted Yaki Lopez, head of public diplomacy at the Israeli Embassy in Berlin. “It is more than symbolic that almost 50 years to the day after the Munich massacre, an Israeli athlete sings the Israeli anthem from the top of the podium.”

On September 5, a 50th anniversary ceremony is planned in Munich to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Meanwhile, relatives of Israeli athletes killed during the games remain locked in a disagreement with the German government over compensation and plan to boycott the main memorial ceremony.

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