Gymnast Bessonova wins all-around title


PATRAS, Greece — Anna Bessonova of Ukraine won the all-around title Friday at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. Bessonova won with 73.950 points. Vera Sessina of Russia was second, and favorite Olga Kapranova of Russia was third.

It was the first gold for the 23-year-old Bessonova, who came second in the clubs and ribbons events on Wednesday. “I didn’t expect to win the gold,” she said. “Now all I want is two days rest. I hope to achieve the best possible at the Beijing Olympics.”

Kapranova, the defending champion who led in qualifying, scored 70.700 points after dropping her hoop in the opening routine, fumbling a club catch and going out of bounds in the ribbon.