Top United States, East European and Soviet acrobats strive for success in a competition at Belgorod in the Soviet Union last week-end (September 8 & 9).
Top United States, East European and Soviet acrobats strive for success in a competition at Belgorod in the Soviet Union last week-end (September 8 & 9). The athletes competed for the Vladislav Volkov Prize, named after the Soviet cosmonaut who died in the 1971 Soyuz-11 disaster, and once again it was the host country that dominated the championship table.
SYNOPSIS: The competition was attended by athletes from Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, the United States and the Soviet Union. In the mixed pairs event the Soviet Union's Olga Grishenchko and Yevgeni Makhalichev placed first with 38.86 points.
In the men's foursome event the Soviet team made up of Grigori Polyakov, Alexander Saveliev, Vladimir Bunin and Valeri Yelizarov scored 38.7 points and came second in the event. Here they perform painstakingly delicate manoeuvres to make a pyramid. The four men come from Volgograd. They're a new team, but like the other Soviet teams they combine strength with grace, and show the technical precision which earns the Soviets a worldwide reputation for fine acrobatics.
Yuri Zikunov has been world champion twice, and here he competes in the men's acrobatic jump, one of the most exciting and demanding events.
But it was Igor Brikman from the soviet Union who won the men's jumping event, in a day dominated by the Soviet performers.