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Russia take group gymnastics gold
24 Aug 2008 6:04 BST

Russia defended their title to secure a third straight Olympic gold in the women's rhythmic gymnastics group all-around event.

The Russians edged out China with 35.550 points to complete a rhythmic sweep after Evgeniya Kanaeva won the individual event on Saturday.

China claimed silver in front of a noisy partisan crowd with 35.225, while Belarus scored 34.900 for bronze.

Russia took an early lead in the five rope rotation and held out for victory.