Teams from the United States and The People's Republic of China competed in the first gymnastics tournament between the countries at New York's Madison Square Garden on Monday (21 May).
MV Yang Ming-ming floor exercises
MV Chinese member of audience applaud
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MV Gary Morava - floor exercises
MV Audience applauding and scoreboard
MV Diane Dunbar - vaulting - PAN to audience applauding
CU Yao Chu-sheng flying rings
SV Audience applauding
SV Liu Chun-lin balance beam
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MV Ting Chao-Fang asymmetrical bars
MV Audience applauding
SV Debbie Fike - floor exercise (with music)
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Background: Teams from the United States and The People's Republic of China competed in the first gymnastics tournament between the countries at New York's Madison Square Garden on Monday (21 May).
The Chinese men's team won by two-tenths of a point... 154.4 points to 154.2 points, and the United States women's team won by 111.9 points to 109.4 points.
The win by the Chinese men's team came with a strong performance on the horizontal bars which broke the deadlock. The strong Chinese effort was led by all-round man's champion. Young Ming-ming. He led the men with 64.9 points, followed by Marshall Avener of the U.S. with 64.7 points. The men competed in floor exercises, pommel horse, flying rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars.
In the women's events, U.S. competitors filled the first two places. Miss Janette Anderson, who sprained an ankle during competition, was first with 37.5 points. The third place-getter was China's Chiang Shao-yi.
Women's events were vault, balance beam, uneven parallel bars and floor ???ercises.
The meet was sponsored jointly by the U.S. Gymnastics Federation and the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations. The New York competition was the first of a series of appearances by the Chinese in five U.S. cities.
The New York competition was conducted under international rules, but contestants on both sides regarded it more as a friendly match. The slogan of the Chinese was "friendship first... competition second."
SYNOPSIS: Madison Square Garden in New York was the scene of the first gymnastics competition between teams from the U.S. and The People's Republic of China. Here, the all-round men's champion, Yang Ming-ming, goes through his floor exercises. It was his performance which broke a deadlock to give the men's competition to the Chinese.
Gary Morava was one of five competitors in the U.S. Men's team. The meeting was the first of five appearances by the Chinese team in the United States tour. The Chinese visit is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Gymnastics Federation and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. In the men's competition, the Chinese won by the slander margin of two-tenths of a point.
The youngest athlete competing in New York was fourteen-year-old Diane Dunbar. Her performance in the vault attracted the highest single score of the meeting... nine-point-six.
Yao Chu-sheng on the rings scored eight-point-eight points - contributing a narrow Chinese victory in this event.
A crowd of fourteen thousand people watched the competition.
On the balance beam, Liu Chun-Lin. Her effort brought nine points from the judges. This was another event which the Chinese team won by a fraction of a point. Although the competition was conducted under international rules, the contestants regarded it more as a friendly get together. The Chinese slogan was "friendship first... competition second". On the asymmetrical bars, Ting Chao-fang scored eight-point-seven. It was not only the high level of gymnastic performance which attracted the applause of the audience. They showed obvious delight at the friendliness shown by competitors.
Debbie Fike of the United States scored nine points for her routine of floor exercises. Judging was on a scale of ten points or less for each event. After performances in four cities following New York, the Chinese gymnasts return home.