Israeli Wins Gold Medal in European Swimming Championship

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Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Gorbenko made history for Israeli women by winning the gold medal in the European swimming championships for the first time ever. It’s the second gold medal for Israel overall. The competition took place in Budapest and secured Gorbenko’s spot to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. 

Gorbenko swam the 200-meter individual medley, finishing in 2 minutes, 9 seconds, and 99 milliseconds, beating her own best record. In 2018, the young swimmer competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and won gold with a time of 2 minutes, 12 seconds, and 88 milliseconds.

Gorbenko was born and raised in Haifa, Israel, where her parents emigrated from Ukraine. She has been winning gold medals since she started competing in 2016 in the Maccabiah Games. 


Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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