Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Russia reigned supreme in team rhythmic gymnastics for a third consecutive time at the Olympics, edging a squad from China on Sunday.
Each group performed a pair of routines, one using five ropes, and the other using two clubs and three hoops.
Russia had mistakes on the first day of qualifications, but the country, the current world champions, soared in the finals to take the gold medal, winning with a total of 35.55 points. That was just ahead of China's 35.225 total. Belarus won the bronze medal with 34.9 points.
"We are overwhelmed with emotion," said Russia's Elena Posevina. "It took a lot of training and it's been a long road. We are yet to fully comprehend this victory."
08/24 02:41:57 ET