Miss Venezuela is Miss World 2011

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London: Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos was on Sunday evening crowned Miss World 2011.

In an extravagant ceremony at the Earls Court in London, 21-year-old Sarcos defeated over 100 beauties from various parts of the world at the 61st Miss World contest.

Miss Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was the first runner-up and Miss Puerto Rico Amanda Perez became the second runner-up.

The gala event kicked off Sunday evening with a dynamic performance by British street dance troupe Diversity, followed by the introduction of the Miss World contestants.

It ended with Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills crowning Sarcos.

The jury included former Miss World winners — Cindy Breakspeare (1976), Nigeria Agbani Darego (2001), Zhang Zilin (2007) and Kaiane Aldorino (2009).

India’s hopes of winning the title for the sixth time came crashing down as Miss India World Kanishtha Dhankhar failed to make it to the top 25.

Mumbai-based model Dhankhar has walked the ramp for designers like Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Model-turned-actress Priyanka Chopra was the last Indian model to win the title in 2000.