The Soviet Union and Japan dominated the gymnastic events decided on October 19 at the "Little Olympics" in Mexico City.
SV Int.. Audience pan to Cerar (Yugoslavia) exercise on horse and finish
SV Score 9.8
SV Winner Cerar on to platform..waves to crowd and presented with award
SV Judges watch
SV Akinori Nakayama of Japan performs on rings and finish crowd applaud
SV Score 9.8
SV Nakayama on to winner's platform, presented with award
GV Zinaida Voronina of Soviet Union performs free exercises to music and end..
GV Maria Krajeirova of Czech.performs exercises to music and finish.crowd applaud
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Background: The Soviet Union and Japan dominated the gymnastic events decided on October 19 at the "Little Olympics" in Mexico City.
But Mirolsav Cerar of Yugoslavia blocked these two countries with a fine win in the men's pommelled horse event. He scored a total of 19,400 points to beat S. Diamidov of the Soviet Union and T. Kato of Japan. However the Japanese competitors were supreme in the men's events. Nakayama scored near perfect points to win the men's rings title. He also won the floor, parallel bar and horizontal bar gold medals. The long horse event also went to Japan.
However, the Russian girls were far too good in their events. Natacha Kutchinskaya of Leningrad - three times world champion - scooped up three of the four gold medals awarded for the women's individual apparatus finals. Showing exquisite rhythm and balance she won the floor exercises, the long horse and the beam.
In the floor exercises, the Soviet Union took first, third, fifth and sixth places. Czechoslovakia was second and fourth. Zinaida Voronina of the Soviet Union (shown here) was fifth with 19.208 points. Maria Krajcirova (shown here) of Czechoslovakia was second with 19.408 points.