Israeli gymnast Daria Atamanov wins gold at European Championships

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Daria Atamanov won a gold medal at the 2022 European Championships, held in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

The 16-year-old defeated her Bulgarian competitor Boryana Kaleyn to take home the all-around title, with a total score of 136.900.

The category included performances using hoops, clubs, ribbons, and balls.

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of Israel’s stronger sports. Atamanov has won several medals in recent years, and is seen as a potential successor to Linoy Ashram, who recently retired after bringing home a gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics last year.

“I’m in a bit of shock. It’s exciting, it’s fun,” Atamanov told reporters after the win.

Asked about reaching the podium, she said: “You don’t think about it during the competition. You just think about each exercise individually, and then when you finish everything you think about it.”

Ashram now serves on the coaching staff for Israel’s gymnastics team, and was present during Saturday’s competition, according to Channel 12 news.

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