Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva won gold in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition yesterday, posting the high score in all four rotations of the event.
Kanaeva got identical scores of 18.850 on her rope and hoop routines before wowing the judges with a club routine that earned her a finals-high 18.950.
The routine included a nifty move that involved balancing a club on her ankle while rotating her body around on the mat.
Clad in bright pink with a matching ribbon, she finished the competition with a routine that gave her a total of 75.500 and the convincing win.
Inna Zhukova of Belarus scored 71.925 points for the silver and Anna Bessonova of Ukraine had 71.875 for her second straight bronze.
Olga Kapranova of Russia looked headed for silver after finishing second in the opening two rounds.
Instead she lost her balance and later dropped a club in the third portion of the event for a score of 16.950 and eventually a fourth-place finish.