Kanaeva becomes 1st with 2 Olympic rhythmic titles

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Evgeniya Kanaeva. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

AP National Writer

LONDON (AP) - Evgeniya Kanaeva defended her Olympic gold medal in historic fashion.

The Russian became the first rhythmic gymnast to win two individual all-around titles Saturday. It caps off a spectacular four-year run for Kanaeva, who has also won the last three world titles. A Russian has now won the last four all-around titles.

Kanaeva had the highest score on all four events, finishing with a total of 116.90.

Daria Dmitrieva won the silver medal - not bad for someone who wasn't even supposed to be at the London Olympics. The 19-year-old was added to the Russian roster earlier this month after Alexandra Merkulova got hurt. Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus won the bronze medal.

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