Rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin on Tuesday won a historic medal for Israel at the 2011 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Montpellier, France after coming in third in the hoop individual final with 28 points.
The gold medal was won by Russian Olympic champion Evgenia Kanaeva, who scored 29.3 points. Her teammate Daria Kondakova came in second with 29.05 points.
Rivkin (R) with her medal on the podium
In addition to her bronze medal, Rivkin ranked seventh in the ball final with 27.375 points.
"There are no words to describe what I'm feeling now," Rivkin said after the medal ceremony. Words cannot describe my joy. I just want to remain focused in order to continue representing the country with dignity and taking the first significant step – the criterion for the London Olympic Games."
"I congratulate her for becoming Israel's greatest rhythmic gymnast after winning the first-ever medal in the world championship."