The annual International Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament in Moscow attracted some of the world's most skilled competitors.
The annual International Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament in Moscow attracted some of the world's most skilled competitors. Hungary, Poland, Rumania Sweden and the Soviet Union took part, with the host country winning all four events -- the skipping rope, the ball, the clubs and the ribbon.
SYNOPSIS: The venue for this weeks tournament was the Luzhniki sports complex in Moscow. The complex will serve as an Olympic venue next year. Rhythmic gymnastics is practised in more than forty countries around the world, and, in the Soviet Union alone, more than one hundred thousand girls compete in the sport.
Dorina Kordos performing in the ribbon event for the Rumanian team, one of the most accomplished in rhythmic gymnastics.
Miss Kordos has previously won a major title - the Intervision Cup, but her Soviet rivals were too formidable for her this time.
The depth of the Soviet team made it unbeatable. Victoria Serykh of Kiev placed third in this event, her routine with clubs adding to her good overall score. In the 1979 world championships in London, Miss Serykh had won the group exercises section. At that London meet, Soviet gymnasts won top honours in the team performance with five golds, three silvers and two bronzes.
Irina Gabashvili was the Soviet's team's top performance here, and she outscored all her rivals in the overall count. The nineteen-year-old university student has been competing in callisthenics for seven years. She won the bronze at this year's London world Championships.
Miss Gabashvilli's superb ribbon performance gave the Soviet team a clean sweep, and gave a preview of their team's medal-winning potential in next year's Olympics.