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           === Russia continues dominance of rhythmic gymnastics ===
 
 London,  England (Sports  Network) -  Behind a  pair of  top-scoring routines,
 Russia  won its  fourth straight Olympic gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics
 group all-around event.
 
 Russia  has medaled  in all  five  games since  the team  portion of  rhythmic
 gymnastics became an Olympic sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games. It took a silver
 that year and has recorded all gold finishes since.
 
 Entering Sunday's final as the top qualifying team, Russia notched a 28.700 on
 the  five balls  routine, then followed up  with a 28.300 in the three ribbons
 and  two hoops. The total score of 57.000 was 1.500 points better than second-
 place Belarus, which took a surprise silver over Italy.
 
 "We are simply very happy. We are over the moon. It was a long time with hard
 work, and we can't believe we won the gold now. We are grateful to everyone.
 We are very proud to represent Russia and it's an unforgettable experience to
 hear the national anthem. It's an amazing feeling," said Russia's Uliana
 Donskova.
 
 The  Italians  were expected to  challenge for gold  after winning each of the
 past  three  world titles,  but finished  0.05 points back  of Belarus. A two-
 tenths  of a point  penalty deduction on the three ribbons and two hoops event
 was the difference.
 
 Russia's  Evgeniya Kanaeva  made history  on  Saturday by  becoming the  first
 rhythmic gymnast to win two gold medals in the individual all-around.
 
 
 
 08/12 11:27:24 ET