Russia's Evgeniya Kanaeva Takes Gold In Rhythmic Gymnastics All-Around

In rhythmic gymnastics, the Russian dynasty got a little more legendary on Saturday, when Evgeniya Kanaeva became the first woman to repeat as the all-around gold medalist in rhythmic gymnastics.

Kanaeva scored a 116.900, improving on her qualifying-leading mark of 116.000, to win gold. Her countrywoman, Daria Dmitrieva, took silver, while Belarus' Lyubov Cherkashina took bronze.

Russia has now won the last four all-around golds, and between its four since 2000 and ones by the Soviet Union in 1988 and the Unified Team in 1992, has six of the eight awarded in the sport's Olympic history. It's also the second time Russian rhythmic gymnasts have taken the gold and silver medals in the all-around, as Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina accomplished the feat in Athens in 2004.

The Russian team will go for a fifth straight team gold on Sunday.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic gymnastics, follow the 2012 Olympic gymnastics section.

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