Photo Credit: courtesy Israel Foreign Ministry / screen grab via Twitter
Israeli gymnastics gold medalist Artem Dolgopyat, 24, listening to Israeli anthem HaTikva as it is played at Tokyo Olympics.

For the first time ever, an Israeli gymnast has won a gold medal at the Olympic Games.


Israeli male gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, age 24, won gold on Sunday, August 1, 2021 in his artistic gymnastics routine in the men’s competition.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett paused the weekly Cabinet meeting and – in the presence of his fellow ministers – called the Olympic champion to congratulate him on winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Dolgopyat was born in Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Israel at the age of 12.

The Israeli gymnast last year won the gold medal at the 2020 European Championships in the floor exercise and silver medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

This is the second gold medal for Israel; the only other gold was won in the sailing competition at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

Israeli athletes also won two bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games — one in mixed judo and the other in women’s taekwando.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.