At the International Gymnastics Competition in Tokyo today (Sunday), the three first places in the women's section went to the USSR, East Germany and the United States.
At the International Gymnastics Competition in Tokyo today (Sunday), the three first places in the women's section went to the USSR, East Germany and the United States. Our film shows the three winners during the preliminary rounds yesterday (Saturday).
Ludmila Turishcheva of the USSR came first with 38.90 points - she is also the overall Olympic Champion. Young Olga Korbut, the tiny 17-year-old gold medallist - who became so popular both as a competitor and as a personality at the Munich Olympics, should have been on the Russian team, but she is undergoing treatment at a sanatorium in Tshaltubo, Georgia, following a recent recurrence of an old back injury.
Second place went to East German star Gymnast Karin Janz, with 38.40 points. And third place to Joan Moore of the USA, with 37.95 points.
SYNOPSIS: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, on Saturday. Where the International Gymnastics Competitions were taking place. This is Ludmila Turishcheva of the USSR - the Olympic overall champion, already on her way to taking first place in the competition. Here she shows her championship style on the long horse.
Karin Janz of East Germany - who took second place.
The audience obviously impressed - in spite of a slight loss of balance which cost her some point fractions. Her final total was thirty-eight-point four -0........ just point five-0 behind Champion Turishcheva, who went on to give an impressive display of floor exercises - building-up towards her thirty-eight point nine-0 total score.
Third place went to Joan Moore of the United States. In this preliminary round of floor exercises she scored nine-point six-five - on her way to the final thirty-seven point nine-five.