The Soviet Union has again swept the board in the men's and women's and women's individual overall competitions in this year's World Cup Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.
The Soviet Union has again swept the board in the men's and women's and women's individual overall competitions in this year's World Cup Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. Alexander Ditiatin successfully defended his gold medal, while Stella Zakharova took the women's title.
SYNOPSIS: The championship opened on Saturday at Tokyo's National Yoyogi Stadium, attracting a large crowd wanting to see thirty-five top world gymnasts compete for the world titles.
Eberhard Gienger is one of West Germany's best gymnasts. But despite his brilliant performance on the pommel horse, he did not qualify for a medal in the overall ratings.
The man who won the overall title was alexander Ditiatin of the Soviet Union. He scored nine point three five points for his performance on the pommel horse. Overall he collected fifty-seven point six five points placing him point on zero ahead of his nearest competitor.
Eizo Kenmotsu of Japan did not finish among the first three, despite being one of the top-rankers in the previous World Championships in Strasbourg last October.
Maria Filatova found no place among the top three either but the gave a good performance on the asymmetric bars, although she looked a little insecure towards the end and in her ambitious final movement.
Rumania's Nadia Comaneci won fourth place in the women's individual rating. Her thirty nine points were just point one five points short of the joint second placegetters: Nelli Kim of the Soviet Union and Emilia Eberle of Rumania.
Nadia Comaneci later said that her mistake on the asymmetric bars cost her the title. But she still came away with full marks for her floor exercise.