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Kanaeva rewrites Olympic history (PHOTOS)

Published time: August 11, 2012 15:38
Edited time: August 12, 2012 13:44
Evgenia Kanayeva (REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko)

Evgenia Kanayeva (REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko)

Russia's Evgenia Kanaeva has become the first woman to win two Olympic rhythmic gymnastics all-around titles. The 22-year-old outshone another Russian, Daria Dmitrieva, on Saturday as the duo finished well ahead of other opponents.

Kanaeva leapfrogged Dmitrieva, who occupied the top spot after the first day of the competition, courtesy of her flawless performance in the final. She scored a total of 116.90 more than two points ahead of Dmitrieva with other opponents trailing by a mile. 

The win caps off a spectacular four-year run for Kanaeva, who has also won the last three world titles. She has also become the fourth consecutive Russian to win an Olympic all-around title.

As for Dmitrieva, the shine of silver is not bad at all, as she wasn't even supposed to be at the London Olympics. The 19-year-old was added to the Russian roster earlier this month after Aleksandra Merkulova’s injury.

Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus beat Azerbaijan’s Aliya Garayeva for the bronze medal.

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Darya Dmitrieva (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)
Darya Dmitrieva (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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Evgenia Kanayeva (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)
Evgenia Kanayeva (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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AFP Photo / Ben Stansall
AFP Photo / Ben Stansall

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AFP Photo / Thomas Coex
AFP Photo / Thomas Coex

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