Russian skiers have had another success in the Nordic skiing championships being held in Czechoslovakia.?
Russian skiers have had another success in the Nordic skiing championships being held in Czechoslovakia. Twenty-nine year-old Vyachesla Vedenin, an army captain on Saturday (Feb 15) won the 30 kilometre cross country race in one hour, 39 minutes, 48 seconds.
Second, less than a minute behind him, was an East German student, Gerhard Grimmer.
The third place-getter in the event was a Norwegian, Ott Marthinsen, with the time of one hour, 41 minute, four seconds.
Russian skiers have had a number of successes in both men's and women's events at the championships.
Yuri Kozulin won the first stage of the combination event, the 70-metre jump, and although a Czechoslovakian, 24 year old Ladislav Rygl, won the overall event, Soviet skiers took second and third places.
In the women's five-kilometre cross country event, Russian girls crushed strong challenges from Scandinavia and East Germany to take the first three places. The winner, Galina Kulakova, a 28 year old teacher, won the event by 20 seconds.
The Russian girls' triumph in the vent was greeted with silence by the Czechoslovakian crowd. Since the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia, Soviet successes in sport have not been hailed by Czechoslovakian crowds. In the cross country races they have cheered on the skiers approaching the finishing line...except the Russians, who have been greeted with silence.
Many thousands of spectators have watched events in the Nordic championships which will continue until Sunday (Feb 22nd). Teams from as far afield as Japan, Canada and Australia are taking part.