Olympics: 1st gymnastics gold in Rio for Russia as Aliya Mustafina triumphs in uneven bars

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Aliya Mustafina gave Russia their first gymnastics gold in Rio when she retained her uneven bars title at the Olympic Games on Sunday.

Mustafina, 21, scored 15.900 points to take gold ahead of world champion Madison Kocian of the United States (15.833). Germany's Sophie Scheder took bronze with 15.566.

It is the Russian gymnast's seventh Olympic medal and third in Rio after team silver and all-around bronze.

The Russian gymnasts were only cleared to compete in Rio by governing body FIG the day before the Olympics got under way amid the fallout of accusations of state-run doping against their country.