Artistic gymnast Artem Dolgopyat reached new heights for Israeli athletes on Saturday, after placing second in the world championship in artistic gymnastics. Dolgopyat will be the second Israeli ever to stand on the podium in the prestigious competition.
Dolgopyat came in fourth in the preliminary round after receiving the incredible score of 14.666 (Dolgopyat was penalized 0.2 points). During the final round, however, he landed in second place with a 14.533 score, following several imperfect landings.
The last (and only other) Israeli athlete to grace the podium in the competition is gymnast Alexander Shatilov—once in '09 in London, and another time in '11 in Tokyo. Shatilov won the bronze medal in both times.
In a rare turn of events, the competition organizers allowed nine athletes to take part in the final round, instead of the usual eight. This following a complaint filed by Chilean gymnast Tomaso Gonzales, who claimed that the surface on which he had performed inthe preliminaries was cracked. His appeal was accepted, and as a result he was allowed to compete in the finals.