INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union's men's team made a clean sweep of the medals in the individual events at the European gymnastics championship in Moscow last Saturday (28 May).
INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union's men's team made a clean sweep of the medals in the individual events at the European gymnastics championship in Moscow last Saturday (28 May). Vladimir Markelov took the gold medal with his team mates, Alexander Tkatchev and Vladimir Tikhonov, taking the silver and the bronze.
SYNOPSIS: The competition took place at Moscow's main sporting arena. A strong fight was expected between the Russians and the Bulgarians who also fielded a powerful team. The best exercise for Vladimir Tikhonov was the parallel bars. He scored a total 19.1 points to finish first in the exercise.
The capacity crowd saw Alexander Tkatchev have one of his best results on the rings. The exercise not only tests the strength of the competitor but also balance, and power of control. Tkatchev scored a total 19.4 points to finish second in the exercise.
The real applause from the home crowd came for Vladimir Markelov. There was a surprise result though for Markelov on the parallel bars. His first round score was nine-point-six, moving him into first place. But he had disastrous second round where he scored only seven-point-five-five points and moved into eight place for the exercise.
He was back on form though for the high bar. Bulgaria's Stojan Deltchev scored the highest overall points for this exercise. But it was Markelov and team mate Tkatchev who took second. And the result was enough to make Markelov the European Men's Champion with 57.8 points. Second-placed Alexander Tkatchev scored 57.25 points and Vladimir Tikhonov had 56.85 points to give him the bronze medal.