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MILLER SETTLES FOR GYMNASTICS SILVER

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Shannon Miller's two-year winning streak is over.

In her first defeat since the 1992 Olympics, America's most decorated gymnast was beaten for the women's all-around title at the Goodwill Games on Sunday by Russia's Dina Kochetkova.The 17-year-old Russian won the gold by slightly more than five-hundredths of a point - 39.325 to 39.268. Yelena Grosheva of Russia won the bronze with 38.943 points.

Since taking the silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Miller had won the all-around title at every major event in which she competed - including the 1993 and 1994 world championships.

"Basically it comes down to: if you've got to beat Shannon, she's got to beat herself," coach Steve Nunno said.

Kochetkova, who won the bronze at this year's worlds in Brisbane, Australia, led throughout Sunday's competition at the Lenin Sports and Concert Complex.

Miller, 17, hurt her chances by finishing fourth in the first event - the vault. She took steps on both of her landings and finished with an average score of 9.731 points, while Kochetkova moved into the lead with 9.763.

"I think the little steps I took out of both my vaults made the difference," Miller said. "It was so close."

Miller was not the only American whose winning streak was snapped Sunday.

Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner's 23-match string was broken. He settled for the bronze medal in the 286-pound class. The two-time Olympic and two-time world champion lost his first match 1-0 on a referee's decision to his Russian rival, Andre Shumilin.

Shumilin was the last man to defeat Baumgartner - in March 1993 at the World Cup.

Shumilin went on to lose 1-0 on a referee's decision in the gold-medal match against Zaza Turmanidze of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Baumgartner won the bronze medal by defeating Iran's Nader Ghanbari 12-1 on a technical fall at 4:33.

Zeke Jones of the United States, silver medalist at the 1992 Olypmics, won gold in the 114.5-pound class. He beat Janali Khosrow of Iran 11-0 on a technical fall at 4:53. Jones' gold was only the second for the United States, with the other going to Townsend Saunders on Friday at 149.5 pounds.

In the 125.5-pound division, Turkey's Ismail Zurnaci won the gold by pinning Bagavdin Umakhanov of Russia at 2:25. Brad Penrith of the United States got the bronze, beating 1992 Olympic champion Alejando Puerto Diaz of Cuba on a 6-4 decision.

Russia dominated the wrestling with six gold and three silver, followed by the United States with two gold, three silver and three bronze. The world championships are in Istanbul, Turkey, in late August.

In cycling, Brooke Blackwelder, Karen Livingston and Karen Dunne scored a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep in the women's 27-mile criterium race, a 20-lap circuit around the Hermitage Museum.

In prelimary-round women's volleyball action, Russia shut out the United States 3-0 (15-3, 15-13, 15-8), China beat Peru 3-1 (12-15, 15-9, 15-8, 15-8) and Japan defeated Cuba 3-1 (16-14, 15-11, 13-15, 15-11).

In archery, Gennadi Mitrofanov of Russia won the men's gold. Kim Hyo-Jung of South Korea took the women's title.