Israeli athletes have been remarkable feats in world sport in recent weeks!
Israeli athletes have made remarkable achievements on the world stage in two different sports. In the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships 2023, Israel secured its first-ever gold medal in the group all-around category with a breathtaking two-part routine. This historic victory follows last year's silver medal and solidifies Israel's presence in the group competition at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Israeli team outperformed China and Spain, who claimed silver and bronze, respectively. Their mesmerizing performance featured a three-minute routine with ribbons and balls set to music, including the iconic "Diva" by Israeli singer Dana International, as well as a complex hoop routine with suspenseful music and a nod to the 2017 Wonder Woman film.
In a separate achievement, Israeli runner Marhu Teferi achieved a silver medal in the men's marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. This remarkable accomplishment marks Israel's best-ever placement in the event and positions Teferi as a strong contender for medals in the upcoming Paris Olympics. The Ethiopian-born Teferi finished second with a time of 2:09:12, narrowly trailing Uganda's Victor Kiplangat, who clocked a winning time of 2:08:53. Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase claimed the bronze with a time of 2:09:19. Teferi's achievement is historic, as it represents Israel's first-ever medal in the men's marathon. This impressive feat comes on the heels of Israel's gold medal win in the men's team marathon at the European Athletics Championship in 2022, although that competition did not feature the strong competition seen in Budapest. Teferi's determination and resilience were on display, even enduring sweltering weather conditions during the race.