The Soviet Union topped the medals table on Sundry (21 September) on the last day of the World University Athletic Games in Rome.
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Background: The Soviet Union topped the medals table on Sundry (21 September) on the last day of the World University Athletic Games in Rome.
The Soviet Union did not appear to be making an impression on the medal table until Saturday, and on Sunday its athletes dominated, to take home more medals than any other competing country.
Poland finished second with Italy third.
The United States came a surprising seventh.
The Games were apparently given low priority by many countries who failed to send their strongest teams.
Many of the U.S. athletes who were announced to come to the Games including World 100 metres record holder, Reggie Jones, 400 metres hurdler Jim Bolding and high jumper, Dwight Stones, did not arrive.
The United States only took two medals, the 100 metres hurdles, won by Charles Foster and the Pentathlon, which was won by Jane Frederick.
The Italians plucked the finest fruits from the last day's competition, the men's 5000 metres, won by Franco Fava and the men's 200 metres which was won by the brilliant sprinter, Pietro Mennea.
The Soviet Union managed to gain four gold medals on the last day.
They won the women's 800 metres, the women's Javelin and the men's and women's 4 x 100 metres relay
The Soviet Union's string of medals yesterday began with the women's 800 metres when Natalia Morgumova just managed to fight off a challenge from Czechoslovakia's Giozefina Cerchlanova in the final straight.