Olympic rhythmic gymnastics: Russia retain group all-round title

Russia have won the rhythmic gymnastics group all-round competition for the fourth Olympics in a row thanks to two stunning displays at Wembley Arena.

A score of 28.700 in their five balls routine was followed by 28.300 points with the ribbons and hoops to make a winning total of 57.000.

Belarus won silver, with Italy taking bronze in the eight-team final.

Great Britain failed to make the final, having finished 12th out of 12 teams in qualifying on Thursday and Friday.

The British team only gained the right to compete at London 2012 after winning an appeal, having initially missed the qualifying mark.

The result continues Russia's dominance of rhythmic gymnastics after Evgeniya Kanaeva had became the first woman to defend her Olympic individual title on Saturday.

They saw off the challenge of world champions Italy to ensure they retained the title.

It means they have won gold in every Games in both the individual and group rhythmic events since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In the final, the five-strong teams perform only two meticulously choreographed routines -- one with balls, and one with hoops and ribbons.

The second routine involves three ribbons and two hoops, the gymnasts tossing the objects between each other as they run, leap and roll around the mat.

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