Ice skating...and in Moscow, the Soviet skater Sergei Marchuk has clinched a place in the?
Ice skating...and in Moscow, the Soviet skater Sergei Marchuk has clinched a place in the Soviet team for the forthcoming World speed skating championships with a number of convincing wins in a selection tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The tournament was held in Moscow's 'Dynamo Ice Rink' in unfavourable mild weather which softened the ice surface. But it made little difference to Sergei Marchuk, who warmed up before the races, as a large crowd watched.
The start of the 5,000 metres, with Marchuk, in the light suit, matched against Yuri Kondakov, a skater from Sverdlovsk. Right away, Marchuk began showing the skills that have made him European champion.
A 25-year-old student from Moscow, Marchuk has been skating for 15 years.
He prefers the 10,000 metres but over 5,000 he is also too fast for his rivals.
The final stage of the 5,000 metres, with Marchuk in the lead and Kondakov nowhere to be seen. Marchuk's time for the race was seven minutes 18.05 seconds...a new record for the rink.
Marchuk also finished second in the 1,500 metres, and won the 10,000 metres, assuring his place in the five-man Soviet team which will compete in Sweden later this month (25 & 26 February).