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Success Gets Israel's Feldon 'Intensively' Working On Upgrades
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Israel's Tzuf Feldon told IG that her recent World Challenge Cup successes have motivated her to add skills and improve her execution for future competitions, including the Europeans Championships in Bern in June.

Israel's Tzuf Feldon told IG that her recent World Challenge Cup successes have motivated her to add skills and improve her execution for future competitions, including the Europeans Championships in Bern in June.

"I was very pleased with the performance and the achievements I had in Ljubljana," said Feldon, who placed fifth on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Ljubljana that took place April 8-10. "I was satisfied as I made two finals, and it follows the Challenge Cup in Baku (in February) in which I made the final on bars."


Tzuf Feldon (Israel)

For the rest of 2016, Feldon will focus on improving the content and quality of her routines.

"I am working intensively on new skills on all the apparatus," she said. "Some of the skills will be ready for the European Championship and some of them later on. At the same time I'm polishing my routines."

Born January 21, 1999, Feldon lives in a village approximately 30 kilometers from Tel Aviv, and travels to Tel Aviv to train at Hapoel Tel Aviv Gymnastics Club six days per week. She has three coaches: Romanian-born twins Zahava Zissman and Orna Shai, and former Israeli gymnast Maya Shani.

"Zahava Zissman is the national coach and my personal coach," Feldon said. "She is the best coach in Israel for many years. Orna Shai, who is an expert judge, also coaches in our club. Maya Shani, who was one of the best Israeli gymnasts of all time, coaches in our club, as well."

Feldon finished third all-around in the junior division at the 2014 Elek Matolay Memorial in Százhalombatta, Hungary; 17th all-around at the 2014 Top Gym junior meet in Charleroi, Belgium; and 40th all-around in qualifications at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Sofia.

As a first-year senior in 2015, she placed fifth on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Cottbus, Germany; eighth on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Ljubljana; third (tie) on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Anadia, Portugal; 48th all-around in qualifications at the European Championships in Montpellier, France; and 128th all-around in qualifications at the World Championships in Glasgow.

Feldon said her 2015 achievements benefit her this year, as well.

"Indeed, last year I made several finals and won a bronze medal in Anadia," she said. "This experience gave me a lot of confidence and increased my mental strength."

Although the Israel women did not earn a spot for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Feldon said the upcoming Europeans will be one step on her way to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

"My goal at the European Championships is to finish in the top 24 all-around, and to try to get as close as possible to the final on beam, which is my strongest apparatus," Feldon told IG. "Following the European Championships we are heading to 2020, mainly working on new skills. Our goal is to upgrade start values in order to reach an all-around score of 55. Therefore we are working to add skills."

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