INTRODUCTION In the 'Riga-77' international gymnastic championships in the Soviet Union, a team of home athletes and a Canadian contingent vied with 21 other nations for the top prizes.
INTRODUCTION In the 'Riga-77' international gymnastic championships in the Soviet Union, a team of home athletes and a Canadian contingent vied with 21 other nations for the top prizes. The championships, held in Riga, the capital of Soviet Latvia, are one of the major events in the international gymnastics calendar. They're also traditionally used to introduce rising young athletes to the international arena.
SYNOPSIS: Among this year's debutantes, 13-year-old Monika Gorman from Canada, and team-mate Chlegel Elfi, also thirteen.
The judges in the combined event gave top prize to Soviet champion Maria Filatova. The fifteen-year-old student, who's been doing gymnastics since she was eight, was awarded 37.95 points for brilliant performances like her routine on the beam.
Good as the girls were, they could still take a lesson in near perfection from 21-year old Soviet Montreal competitor Vladimir Tikhonov. His top score on the high bar, 9.5 points was added to his wins in the floor routine and on the rings and horizontal bar to give him an overall score of 57 and the gold medal.
Filip delosal of Canada performed almost flawlessly on the ringed horse to help give him overall fourth behind Tikhonov, Igarashi Hisato of Japan in second, and Donat Ferencz of Hungary in third.