Russia defends rhythmic gymnastics title

Updated: August 24, 2008, 1:03 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Russia has won its third straight Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics all-around group.

The team scored 35.550 on Sunday to edge China, which had 35.225 for the silver. Belarus got the bronze with 34.900.

Russia had the high score of 17.750 in the five rope rotation and held the lead by posting a competition-high 17.800 on the three hoops and two clubs routine.

This marks a gold-medal sweep in the competition for Russia after Evgeniya Kanaeva won the individual event Saturday.

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