Olympic champion Nikolai Andrianov of the Soviet Union won the Men's Individual Gold Medal at the World Gymnastics Championship in Strasbourg with an almost faultless display.
Olympic champion Nikolai Andrianov of the Soviet Union won the Men's Individual Gold Medal at the World Gymnastics Championship in Strasbourg with an almost faultless display. A Japanese took the Silver Medal and another Soviet took the Bronze.
SYNOPSIS: While the laurels went to the Soviet Union, it was nothing but humiliation for the reigning champion, Shigeru Kasamatsu of Japan, the favourite to win this year. He ruined his chances by falling off in the middle of his routine on the pommel horse. He finished seventh overall.
In third place, to take the bronze medal, was Aleksandre Detiatin of the Soviet Union who, with his Gold Medal-winning compatriot, Nikolai Andrianov, retrieved the reputation of their country after their team defeat by the Japanese earlier in the competition - the fifth such win in succession in the World Championships. In the Men's Individual both Soviet gymnasts showed great consistency. But Kasamatsu was still well favoured to win being second overall in both the pommel horse and horizontal bar exercises and having performed well earlier in the week in the voluntary and compulsory exercises which counted towards the individual score. Then came his fall which effectively put him out of the running.
Japanese pride was saved by Eizo Kenmotsu who took the Silver Medal.
Kenmotsu was a Gold Medallist in the 1970 World Championships and won a Bronze in 1974.
But it was Nikolai Andrianov, with no score below 9.7 in any of the Men's Individual events and a magnificent 9.9 on his final exercise, the rings, who had the crowd on its feet at Strasbourg's Rhenus Stadium. Even before the score was announced he sensed victory and saluted the wildly applauding audience.