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Russia leads rhythmic qualifying

Updated: August 9, 2012, 11:51 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- No surprise, there's a Russian in the lead in rhythmic gymnastics.

The surprise is which Russian it is.

Daria Dmitrieva upstaged Evgeniya Kanaeva on Thursday, taking advantage of the defending Olympic champion's mistake in her hoop routine to top the standings halfway through individual qualifying. With 57.80 points, Dmitrieva is 0.175 points ahead of Kanaeva going into Friday's qualifying session with the ribbon and clubs.

Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus was third. The ...

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