Japan and the Soviet Union dominated the first day of the two-day Chunichi Cup Gymnastic competition in Tokyo, on Saturday (15 November).
GV PAN Gymnasium
SV Ludmila Tourischeva on beam
GV Shigeru Kasamatsu on rings
GV Alexander Dityatin (USSR) third on parallel bars
GV Kasamatsu on parallel bars (wins)
GV Filatova (USSR) fourth in floor exercise
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Background: Japan and the Soviet Union dominated the first day of the two-day Chunichi Cup Gymnastic competition in Tokyo, on Saturday (15 November).
Japan won three events and the Soviet Union won one and shared first place in another. Outside Japan and the Soviet Union, only East Germany managed a first place. Canada, Hungary, Rumania and the United States also took part.
In the women's balanced beam competition, Ludmila Tourischeva of the USSR won with a 9.50 score. She is the present World Champion and took a gold medal in the M???nish Olympic Games. She barely edged out Gitta Escher of East Germany who trailed by only .05 points.
Japan's Shigeru Kasamatsu won the flying rings competition with a score of 9.45 shared by Mituo Tsukahara and Hiroshi Kajiyma, also of Japan. Kasamatsu later won the parallel bars competition as well, scoring 9.55.
Alexander Dityatin of the Soviet Union tied for third in the parallel bars with Japan's Tsukahara.
In floor exercise, East Germany and the soviet Union shared first place; the Soviet Union's Touischeva finished second and East Germany and the Soviet Union shared third. M. Filatova, one of the youngest of the Soviet gymnasts, earned the Soviet Union's third place finish with a humorous presentation that drew laughter and applause from the spectators.