Artem Dolgopyat wins historic gymnastics gold medal for Israel

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Artem Dolgopyat of Team Israel competes in the Men's Floor Exercise Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Artem Dolgopyat of Team Israel competes in the Men's Floor Exercise Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It's the first artistic gymnastics medal of any colour for an athlete from Israel and just the second gold in any sport at the Games

Israel's Artem Dolgopyat has won a historic gold medal in artistic gymnastics, claiming the men's floor exercise gold during the first of four apparatus finals on Sunday (1 August). Prior to this, no gymnast from the nation had won a medal of any colour in the sport at the Olympic Games and only one other athlete has won gold in Olympic history - Gal Fridman's sailing gold in 2004.

Dolgopyat came off the floor not knowing if he'd done enough, after a few bouncy landings and having incurred a .100 neutral deduction for going out of the area.

It took a moment for the score and placement to register with Dolgopyat matching the score from Rayderley Zapata of Spain (14.933). The duo had the same execution score, usually the tie-breaker. But the Israeli had a .1 advantage in the difficulty score to win the tie break.

China's XIAO Ruoteng was the bronze medallist at 14.766.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Artem Dolgopyat of Team Israel competes in the Men's Floor Exercise Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Artem Dolgopyat of Team Israel competes in the Men's Floor Exercise Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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