Acrobats from all parts of the Soviet Union have been competing for titles in the 28th U.
Acrobats from all parts of the Soviet Union have been competing for titles in the 28th U.S.S.R. acrobatics Championships in Leningrad.
Two hundred and twenty five competitors -- making up eleven teams -- spent four days performing in solo and group exercises at Leningrad's Palace of Sports.
The champion team was from the Russian Federation. Runner-up was the Ukraine team, and in third place was the Belorussia team.
Alexander Bazylev, a Soviet Master of Sports from Minsk, won the title of Champion of the U.S.S.R. Alexander Timefeev from the Ukrainian town of Stravropol took second place, and Sergoi Gogin finished third.
The Soviet champions in the mixed pairs event were Galina and Yuri Saveljevs, the champions of the World Acrobatics Championships in Moscow in June. Second were Margarita and Sergei Timofeevs from the Ukraine. Third were Alice Prolyotkina and Vadim Pismetty from the town of Magnitogorsk.
Acrobatics -- as yet practised only in some European countries and the United States, was introduced in the Soviet Union after World War II. The Soviets -- who joined the International Federation of Acrobatics only last year -- hold most of the world titles.