updated - May 19, 2013 Sunday EDT
Russian Evgeniya Kanaeva made history as she became the first rhythmic gymnast to defend her Olympic individual all-around title with a stellar performance at Wembley Arena and this was her second gold medal.
The medal tops off a spectacular four years for Kanaeva, who also won the last three world titles, and gives Russia the last four Olympic individual titles. The Russians have a chance for another four-peat in Sunday's group event, too.
Kanaeva walked away with the highest score in three of the four events and finished with 116.90 points. In second place to take the silver medal was her fellow teammate Daria Dmitrieva. Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus won the bronze medal.
Gymnastics has been part of my life since I was six years old," Kanaeva said after she was presented with her medal.
"Since that time I have practiced every day, eight hours a day. I did exceedingly well and I am so happy I have succeeded. I have worked so hard for the last four years, I have worked hard throughout my whole childhood to be where I am today."
Meanwhile, the London 2012 rhythmic gymnastics is the third of its kind to make it to the list of Google doodles featured during the Olympics. The first rhythmic gymnastics related Google doodle was posted during the 2004 Olympics held at Athens. The doodle depicted a female gymnast carrying a ribbon doing a back-flip. The female formed the second O in the Google logo, while the ribbon extended to form the second G. Check out the Google doodles below:
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