The largest city on the River Volga in the U.S.S.R., is Volgograd, which was formerly?
The largest city on the River Volga in the U.S.S.R., is Volgograd, which was formerly known as Stalingrad. This month the city proudly opened its magnificent new Palace of Sports which was designed and built to house all forms of sporting activity.
The first sportsmen and women to compete in the large arena were gymnasts competing in the finals of the competition for the U.S.S.R. Gymnastic Cup, which took place from 17 April to 21 April.
Included in the gymnastic categories making up the Cup programme, were jumps, pair performances by both men and women as well as mixed, and ladies and mens' threesomes and foursomes.
More than 200 athletes from all over the Soviet Union took part in the competition, and this year the most successful competitors came from Volgograd, Krasnodar in the North Caucasus, Togliatti, the automobile manufacturing town on the Volga, and Voronezh, the large industrial town in European Russia.
The women's jumping events were won by Nadezhda Masloboishchikova, the current world Champion. Her home is in Togliatti and she has twice held the U.S.S.R. championship title. Nadezhda was the first woman to perform a double somersault and a somersault with a turn through 180 degrees.
Among the men's events, Vadim Bindler was the most outstanding, and his amazing triple somersault brought tremendous applause from the spectators. The men's World Champion, Yuri Zikunov, came second.
The men's pair performance was won by Vladimir Alimanov and Vladimir Nazarov, both from the host city, Volgograd.
In the ladies threesome, the top trio were Tamara Dubrovina, Lyudmilla Gulyaova, and Tatiana Sablina from Togliatti.
The result of the women's pairs created something of a sensation. The event was won by two twin sisters-Vera Zyts and Nadezhda Tishchenko (Nadezhda is married). Neither of them had competed in last year's completion.