In Vilnius, the capital of Latvia in the USSR many of the Soviet Union's olympic hopeful displayed their abilities during a four-day track and field meeting for the Znamenski Brothers prizes.
In Vilnius, the capital of Latvia in the USSR many of the Soviet Union's olympic hopeful displayed their abilities during a four-day track and field meeting for the Znamenski Brothers prizes. No new records were set but the events provided a trial for the Soviet, Polish, Czechoslovakian and East German sportsmen prior to the European championships next month (August).
SYNOPSIS The stadium at Vilnius was the setting for the events which are named in recognition of the Znamenski Brothers who broke 23 Soviet running records in the 1930s. Nikolai Grebnyov of the USSR is a potential world beater, here throwing 86 metres 36 centimetres and winning this event.
The final of the men's 100 metres was so close the photo-finish could not pick a winner between Valery Borzov in lane 2 and Nikolai Kolesnikov in lane 3.
Valery Borzov (number 37) a past Olympic champion was declared in a dead heat with Nikolai Kolesnikov (number 337) in 10.45 seconds.
A young up and coming athlete is Gennadi Valyukevich (number 17) from Minsk.
In the triple jump he beat three-times Olympic champion Viktor Saneev, (number 66) who could not match Valykevich's 17 metres and 2 centimetres. But Saneev along with the other athletes are striving to be chosen for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.