Top gymnasts from several Balkan countries have been competing in the seventh Blakan Gymnastics Games in greece this weekend.
MV Nadia Comaneci of Rumania performs on asymmetric bars and falls off during performance. (2 shots)
MV Member of Yugoslav team on bar.
GV Nadia Comaneci on beam and falling off.
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Background: Top gymnasts from several Balkan countries have been competing in the seventh Blakan Gymnastics Games in greece this weekend.
SYNOPSIS: Among those competing was Nadia Comaneci of Rumania, the 15-year-old who won the Olympic individual championship. Miss. Comaneci, seen here performing on the asymmetric bars, had a mixed tournament.
Her performance on the bars was well below the form which won her an Olympic gold medal. She made a number of mistakes and did not look as though she could reproduce the form which gained her maximum points in several performances at the Olympic Games.
Men and women gymnasts from Rumania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Greece have been competing in the Balkan games, which are being held in the Palais des Sports in Salonika from Saturday (6 November) to Monday (8 November).
Miss. Comaneci was also badly off form in her performance on the beam, an event in which she also scored the maximum ten points on several occasions during the Olympics. She made several mistakes and finished well down the placings.
However, Miss. Comaneci was back to her sparkling best in the vault which she won with 9.95 points, and the floor exercise in which she scored a maximum ten points.
Despite the mixed performance of their star gymnast, the Rumanian women's team still finished in first place, with a points total of 271. Yugoslavia, finished only one point behind with a total of 270.