Rumanian gymnastics stars crushed their opposition by snatching most of the titles at the two day Gymnastics Games, which ended on Sunday (7 August) in Athens.
GV Mihai Bors of Rumania in vaulting ???.
LV ??? Aldjia of Algeria on balance beam.
Peter Fick of West Germany on parallel bars.
GV PAN Alina Goreac of Rumania on floor exercise.
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Background: Rumanian gymnastics stars crushed their opposition by snatching most of the titles at the two day Gymnastics Games, which ended on Sunday (7 August) in Athens. Six nations took part in the event, which drew only sparse crowds because of the death of Archbishop Makarios.
SYNOPSIS: The magnificent depth of field in the Rumanian team was typified with this display by Mihai Bors, on the vaulting horse.
Even with the Rumanian team in top form it was hard not to notice the absence of the fifteen year old gymnastics queen Nadia Comineci, who won three gold medals at last year's Montreal Olympics. But fine displays were also given by participants from some of the other countries. West Germany's Peter Fick gives a fine display of physical coordination and gracefulness with this exercise on the parallel bars.
For the women, the floor exercise is the supreme event of any gymnastics meeting. Here the Rumanian Alina Goreac gave an excellent account of the technique and free form needed to win an Olympic gold medal.
This event, which was sponsored by the Greek Sports Federation, is one of many in the lead up to the next Olympics which will take place in Moscow in 1980. With stars of the calibre of Nadia Comaneci and her teenage colleague Miss Teodora Ungureanu, the Rumanian women must be considered the favourites at the Moscow Games. So overwhelming was the Rumanian team at this competition that all other contending countries, Poland, Algeria, West Germany, and Portugal, were practically left standing at the gate.