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MILLER AVENGES ALL-AROUND SETBACK

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Shannon Miller had something to prove after losing an all-around title for the first time in two years.

So she went out Monday, a day after the loss to Russia's Dina Kochetkova, and won two gold and two silver medals in the individual apparatus finals in women's gymnastics at the Goodwill Games.Coach Steve Nunno gave Miller a pep talk after the loss to Kochetkova.

"After yesterday," Nunno said, "we had a little discussion and I told her, `You still have another day of competition to go. You have the opportunity to redeem yourself and show them who is the best in the world.'

"And today she did that," Nunno said. "She beat Kochetkova in each event."

Miller, the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history, won gold in the balance beam and floor exercise and silver in the vault and uneven bars. That brought her medal total for the Games to five - two golds and three silvers.

Miller scored 9.824 in the vault to finish behind Liliya Podkopyeva of Ukraine with 9.831. On the uneven bars, Svetlana Khorkina of Russia won with 9.862 points, while Miller had 9.850.

Miller won the beam finals with 9.875 points. She started with a front somersault to the bar and ended with a full twisting back double somersault. In between, she added a pair of reverse splits and had a series of a back handsprings followed by two back aerials.

Miller rounded off the competition with an outstanding floor routine, which earned her a score of 9.937.

"I knew I had to come in and hit my routines," she said. "I tried to do my best in both competitions. And it seems I got better as the days went by. I got more used to the equipment. I knew it was going to be a challenge."

Another U.S. medal was won by Marianna Webster, who gained a bronze in the beam behind Miller. But not without a fight by Nunno.

Webster was originally listed in fifth place with a score of 9.625. But Nunno appealed to the judges, arguing that they had not awarded her enough points based on the difficulty of her routine. The judges revised Webster's score to 9.725, moving her up to third.

It was one in a series of scoring errors and computer glitches during the three days of women's gymnastics.

"The judges were absolutely wrong in evaluating her base score," Nunno said. "They didn't know what her amount was worth. I wasn't going to be denied out of another medal for the United States."

There were problems Monday at the Yubileiny Palace of Sports, venue for the short-track and figure skating competitions. (See related story).

In other events Monday, Olga Sedakova of Russia won the gold in the solo competition of synchronized swimming. Becky Dyroen-Lancer of the United States was second. Dyroen-Lancer teamed with Jill Sudduth to win the duet competition.

In women's volleyball, the United States beat Germany 3-0, China defeated Cuba 3-1, Japan swept Peru 3-0 and Russia downed the Netherlands 3-0. Wednesday's semifinal matchups are: United States vs. China, and Russia vs. Japan.