London, Aug 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia emphatically captured the rhythmic gymnastics gold at the London Olympics Tuesday, finishing well clear of runners-up Belarus.
The Russians won with a total score of 57.000 after being awarded 28.300 for their spectacular final performance with ribbons and hoops.
Belarus finished second with a total of 55.500 points after scoring 27.675 on the final rotation, enough to leapfrog Italy and take the silver.
Italy were awarded 27.325 in the final for a total of 55.450.
This was Russia's second gold in rhythmic gymnastics as Beijing gold medallist Evgenia Kanaeva defended her Olympic title in the individual all-around category Saturday with four exquisite performances.