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Russia outraged over ‘injustice’ of Olympic gold medal for Linoy Ashram

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(LtoR) Russia’s Dina Averina (silver), Israel’s Linoy Ashram (gold) and Belarus’ Alina Harnasko (bronze) pose during the medal ceremony of the individual all-around final of the Rhythmic Gymnastics event during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics centre in Tokyo, on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Published: 8 August 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Ashram takes home the gold after 20 years of Russian wins; Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov took out his anger on Ashram: "It was embarrassing to watch her. She should have refused the medal, because what happened there was simply unjust."  

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) expressed outrage on Saturday over the “injustice” of the gold medal win for Israel’s Linoy Ashram in the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final, edging out three-time world champion Dina Averina to end two decades of Russian dominance.

“The whole world has seen this injustice,” tweeted the ROC. The same account later posted a statement by Averina that read, in part: “My conscience is clear, I still believe that I won.”

Russia fumes as Israel ends its streak of Olympic golds in Rhythmic Gymnastics (Haaretz)

Russian Olympic figures – and a lawmaker – decry 'injustice' after Linoy Ashram takes home the gold after 20 years of Russian wins

Russia outraged over ‘injustice’ of Olympic gold medal for Israel’s Linoy Ashram (The Time of Israel)

Russian Olympic Committee decries loss for Dina Averina on Twitter, after Russian gymnast misses out on top podium spot by 0.150 points; Ashram says victory a dream come true

Photo: Russia's Dina Averina (silver), Israel's Linoy Ashram (gold) and Belarus' Alina Harnasko (bronze) pose during the medal ceremony of the individual all-around final in Tokyo, on August 7, 2021. ( Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP)

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