Russia win fifth group all-around gold in rhythmic gymnastics

 21 Aug 2016 - 18:57

Russia win fifth group all-around gold in rhythmic gymnastics
Gold medallists Russia, silver medallists Spain (L) and bronze medallist Bulgaria (R) pose with their medals on the podium. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Rio de Janeiro: Russia won a fifth straight gold in the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around event at the Rio Olympics on the final day of competition Sunday.

The five-woman team keep a title Russia have won at every Olympics since Sydney 2000. Spain took silver and Bulgaria bronze.

The Spanish had led after the first ribbon rotation by 0.100 on Bulgaria with Russia third at 0.200.

But the Russians came back on the second -- clubs and hoops apparatus.

Russia scored 36.233 with Spain taking silver ahead of Bulgaria, with both scoring 35.766.

It kept Russia dominant in Olympic rhythmic gymnastics after Margarita Mamun's gold in the individual all-around on Saturday.

The 20-year-old from Moscow took gold ahead of her world champion teammate Yana Kudryavtseva, with Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova claiming bronze.

It was the fifth time that Russia have won both titles.

Three-time world champion Kudryavtseva's challenge ended after she dropped her club apparatus at the end of the third rotation of four.

Spain return to the group all-around podium for the first time since winning gold in 1996 Atlanta, the first time the event was included in the Olympic programme.

AFP