World acrobatics is dominated by the Soviet Union, and at this year's Soviet Championships, held from 24-27 November in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, many shining new talents emerged.
World acrobatics is dominated by the Soviet Union, and at this year's Soviet Championships, held from 24-27 November in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, many shining new talents emerged. World class performances were produced in every event, the high overall quality once more emphasising the tremendous strength in depth of Soviet acrobatics.
SYNOPSIS: These were the Soviet Unions 31st National Championships.
Among the host of memorable performances, two outstanding talents revealed were the mixed-pairs winners, 16-year-old Inna Zagouri and Vadim Pismenniy. Pitted against world champions Tatyaka Krivtsova and Vyacheslave Kuznotsov, they took the title by gambling on a more difficult and imaginative programme of movements.
Their superb display earned them the young pairs scores of nine point five, and nine point four for each section of the exercises.
And in the women's pairs, Lyudmila Sheiko and Galina Startsova also beat world champions to take the title. The champions, ??? ??? and ??? ???, had started firm favourites, but in the end had to be content with fourth place.
Technical problems affected the championships' programme, but, on the day, there was no stopping 18-year-old Lyudmila and her 16-year-old partner Galina. They were in magnificent form, presenting a programme outstanding for its grace and technical precision blended with flowing movement.
A handsome gold medal was the reward for Lyudmila and Galina, who were acclaimed as worthy winners.
In the women's acrobatic jumps, there was no one to touch 23-year-old Nadezhda Masloboishchikova.
Nadezhda showed the superb technique that made her world champion in 1974 and 1976.
Now the most visually exciting event, the men's acrobatic jump, with the gold medal going to Vadim Bindler from Minsk. This sturdy and compact 19-year-old is a physical education student.