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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kabayeva Captures Country's 27th Gold

APKabayeva performing during the final of the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics competition in Athens on Sunday afternoon.
ATHENS -- Russia's Alina Kabayeva was not about to let the gold medal slip from her grasp this time.

Four years after watching her medal hopes end when she lost control of her hoop, the two-time world champion won the rhythmic gymnastics all-around in a rout Sunday. She finished with 108.400 points, more than a point ahead of silver medalist and compatriot Irina Chashchina. Anna Bessonova of Ukraine took the bronze.

Kabayeva knew the gold was hers when she finished her last routine, shimmying her shoulders and shaking her hips as she walked off the mat. When the final results were posted, she exchanged a long hug with Chashchina and then gave fans a thumbs-up.

Kabayeva was the heavy favorite to win gold in Sydney, but she had to settle for the bronze when her hoop skittered away from her and she had to run off the mat to get it. She won a second world title in 2001, but had to give it back after testing positive for a diuretic at the Goodwill Games. She was also banned from competition for a year.

Second at the 2001 world championships, Chashchina tested positive for the same drug and also had to give back her medal. Kabayeva returned to competition last September at the world championships, winning another world title and establishing herself as the one to beat in Athens.

On Saturday, Kabayeva's Russian teammates won the group rhythmic gymnastics gold with a score of 51.100.