Olympic overall champion Ludmilla Turistcheva won the Soviet Union's women's gymnastic champ;ion title last week for a record fifth time.
Olympic overall champion Ludmilla Turistcheva won the Soviet Union's women's gymnastic champ;ion title last week for a record fifth time. She scored 76.15 to finish ahead of Nelli Kim with 75.675 and Elvira Saadi on 75.4.
Olga Korbut, who won three gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finished fourth with 75.375 points after making errors on the beam.
All four women were chosen for inclusion in a team of ten to represent the Soviet Union in the forthcoming world championships.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union gymnastic championships have jut been held in the Palace of Sport in Vilnyus, and as usual the contest focused on two big names in Soviet gymnastics -- Ludmilla Turistcheva, four times U.S.S.R. champion in a row, and diminutive Olga Korbut. Miss Turistcheva first.....
Olga Korbut, the winner of three gold medals in the Munich Olympics, didn't do so well. She demonstrated floor exercises perfectly, but made several errors on the beam.
Miss Korbut finished only fourth, with a total of seventy-five-point three-seven-five points after gaining nine-point-two-five on the floor exercises. But she did do well enough to be selected, along with Miss Turistcheva and eight others, for the Soviet team to compete in the forthcoming world championships. Miss Turistcheva gained a total of seventy-six-point-one-five to win the 1974 Soviet Cup -- for a record fifth time in a row.