Soviet girls have taken the first two places in the International Callisthenics Competition in Volgograd.?
Soviet girls have taken the first two places in the International Callisthenics Competition in Volgograd. The contest held over two days (1 and 2 September) involved competitors from six countries.
SYNOPSIS: Volgograd -- formerly the city of Stalingrad -- was hit by bad weather just before the contest and many of the competitors couldn't arrive until a few hours before the scheduled start. However the opening ceremony began as planned.
By tradition the contest was open only to women and this year there were 23 competitors representing Czechoslavakia, the German Democratic Republic, Poland Bulgaria Hungary and the Soviet Union.
The gymnasts were tested on routines involving ribbons, balls, clubs and ropes. Fifteen year old Anelia Relenkova of Bulgaria finished third in the competition. Here she's doing a ribbon routine.
Second place went to local girl Elena Tomas. Seventeen year old Elena also finished second overall at this year's world championship in London.
The contest was won by the Soviet team Captain 20-year old Irina Devina fro the town of Shukovskiy, near Moscow. One of the most experienced competitors she's twice being a world champion.
With that performance the only remaining task was the presentation of prizes to the place getters.