In the Soviet Union, a record number of trampolinists have taken part in the 13th national trampolining championships, underlining the popularity the sport is gaining in the country.
SV PULL BACK TO GV INT Olga Starikova performing in the finals.
SV Trophies on show.
GV Miss Tatyana Palukh and Miss Tatyana Mamai jumping together.
SV PULL BACK TO GV girls at rostrum.
SV Trophies on display
SV AND GV Evgeni Yanes and Evgeni Yakovenko jumping together. (2 shots)
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Background: In the Soviet Union, a record number of trampolinists have taken part in the 13th national trampolining championships, underlining the popularity the sport is gaining in the country.
SYNOPSIS: The Palace of Young Pioneers in Leningrad was the venue for the championships which lasted two days (19 and 20 November). The event attracted the Soviet Union's top trampolinists including Olga Starikova, the reigning world synchronised trampolining champion.
Miss Starikova, who also won major awards in the 1973, 1975 and 1977 European championships, reached the finals of the free-style event despite losing some valuable points in preliminary rounds.
She regained her brilliant form too late, and had to be content with the bronze medal.
The women's singles title was won by Tatyana Palukh, here partnering Tatyana Mamai for the synchronised event, and hoping for a double.
The two young housewives began the championship as underdogs-none of the experts had given them much of a chance. A reason for their pessimism was that Mrs. Palukh had recently given birth to twins and they did not think she was fit enough. But she had her partner displayed superb control and co-ordination to win the event.
The men's synchronised title went to Evgeni Yanes and Evgeni Yakovenko-both former world champions.
A record 100 men and women from the Soviet Union's nine republics took part in the championships which were first held in 1965. The first event had attracted only 13 contestants. Since then, the sport has changed its image as a pastime for the elite and has been steadily gaining in popularity.