Gymnastics, and at Strasbourg in France, the Soviet Union has taken the Women's World Gymnastics Title for the third consecutive time.
Gymnastics, and at Strasbourg in France, the Soviet Union has taken the Women's World Gymnastics Title for the third consecutive time. Brilliant floor exercises in the final round enabled the Russians to crush the powerful Romanian team.
SYNOPSIS: Nelli Kim of Soviet Union, who was in superb form in all exercises. That effort won her nine point nine points.
The famous Nadia Comaneci, from Romania, on the asymmetric bars on which she scored a perfect ten points, and a gold medal at the Montreal Olympics two years ago. Now four inches taller, and twenty pounds heavier, Nadia looked not quite the same performer.
Nadia finished in second place overall. In the same section, here's Maria Filatova of the Soviet Union. Maria, who is seventeen, had been leading in the individual placings. Later, she suffered some setbacks in other events, but these hardly affected the final outcome of the team scores.
Nadia Comaneci, this time on the beam, where she also scored a perfect ten points at Montreal.
This performance won her nine point nine points.
Natalia Shaposhnikova - one of the brightest stars in a soviet team of extraordinary talent - and even greater promise, because all its members are so young.
The six Soviet girls were quite simply far too talented and versatile for their main rivals, Romania, and the fiercely disciplined East Germans, who finished third.