Olympic women’s all-around champions: A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim

000_EH93B-e1470955361511-635x357Awe-inspiring performances in a close match-up between Americans Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, and Russian Aliya Mustafina, are a cross-section of faith, race and nationality

DE JANEIRO, Brazil — In a world awash in religious and sectarian tensions, the three Olympic victors in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition delivered a multi-faith mosaic on the medals podium Thursday in Rio, with a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.

She led a US 1-2 ahead of American Jewish gymnastics star Aly Raisman, with Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, who is of Muslim descent on her father’s side, taking her second straight Olympic all-around bronze.

The victory keeps three-time world all-around champion Biles’ bid for a record five women’s gymnastics golds on track, with vault, beam and floor finals to come.

The three were neck-and-neck throughout the contest.

Biles finished 2.1 points ahead of Raisman (who lit the flame at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem), wrapping up the title with a dynamic floor routine which included her signature tumbling “Biles” move named after her.

The 1.45-meter (4’9″) devout Christian Texan who regularly attends church, is competing in her first Olympics and had already helped the US women to a second straight team gold.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 

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