Bychenko becomes first Israeli to seal spot at 2018 Winter Olympics
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Bychenko becomes first Israeli to seal spot at 2018 Winter Olympics

Figure skater books place at Pyeongchang Games after qualifying for finals at world championships in Helsinki.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Figure skater Alexei Bychenko
Figure skater Alexei Bychenko

Alexei Bychenko enjoyed an historic weekend – not only qualifying for next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea – but also recording the best-ever finish for an Israeli man at the figure skating world championships,

Ending the event in tenth place, the 29-year-old qualified for the Games by qualifying for the free skate, with his top-ten finish ensuring Israel will now gain another place in the men’s event in South Korea.

Bychenko represented Israel at the 2014 Sochi Games and won first career medal at a Grand Prix event in November, finishing third at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow.

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