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Russia moves third in Olympic gymnastics women's qualificaiton
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19:45, August 10, 2008

Russian gymnastics squad ranks third after three rotations of the Olympic women's qualification on Sunday, pushing Romanians down to fourth place.

With an overall stable performance, Russians collected a total of 244.400 points, 5.975 points ahead of Romania, who had finished third behind China and the United States after the first two sessions.

The hosts still lead the field with 248.275 points despite some mistakes and are followed by the United States in 246.800. The fourth and final subdivision is starting later in the evening with Brazil and France to compete.

The Russians were average on each apparatus with Ksenia Semenova, Anna Pavlova and Ksenia Afanasyeva sitting in sequence from fourth to sixth in all-around.

A fabulous routine on uneven bars gave the 15-year-old Semenova 16.475 points, a second highest score on the apparatus so far, making her a strong title contender in the finals.

She also showed her strength on all-around, placing fourth in 61.475 behind Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin of the United States and China's Yang Yilin.

Source:Xinhua

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