(AFP) – Aug 7, 2012
LONDON — Alexandra Raisman said winning a gold medal on the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre made her achievement "special" after she triumphed in the Olympic women's gymnastics floor final on Tuesday.
Raisman, who is Jewish, performed her floor routine to the backing of Hebrew folk song 'Hava Nagila' and earned a score of 15.600 points to claim her third medal of the London Games at North Greenwich Arena.
The 18-year-old American said that she had not selected the music specifically to coincide with the anniversary, but added that she was proud to have marked the occasion.
"Having that floor music wasn't intentional, but the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special and winning the gold today means a lot to me," she said.
"If there had been a moment's silence, I would have supported it and respected it."
The International Olympic Committee rejected calls for a minute's silence during the London opening ceremony to remember the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed in a hostage-taking by Palestinian militants during the 1972 Games in Munich.
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