Abigail Klein Leichman
October 24, 2018

Three Israeli teens came home with medals from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires earlier this month.

On the first day of the 12-day event, October 6, 15-year-old swimmer Anastasya Gorbenko won a gold medal in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. She set a new Israeli record, completing the race in 2:12.88.

Anastasia Gorbenko, center, Israel’s gold medalist in the women’s 200-meter individual swim medley at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Photo: @iocmedia

On October 15, acrobatic gymnasts Yonatan Fridman, 15, and Noa Kazado Yakar, 14, won the silver medal in the mixed-pair category.

And on October 16, 18-year-old swimmer Denis Loktev won the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

Israel sent a delegation of 19 young athletes, aged 14 to 18, to the competition.

They competed in artistic gymnastics (Uri Zeiadel), acrobatic gymnastics (Fridman and Yakar), rhythmic gymnastics (Valeriia Sotskova), athletics (Adisu Guadia, Amal Hasanov and Veronika Chaynov), cycling (Eitan Levi and Nadav Raisberg), judo (Ariel Shulman), taekwondo (Daniel Goichman and Abishag Semberg), swimming (Loktev, Gorbenko, Gal Cohen Groumi and Lea Polonsky), triathlon (Itamar Levanon) and sailing (Tomer Vardimon and Naama Gazit).

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