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Russia defends rhythmic gymnastics title

8/24/2008

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.