Hungarian gymnasts edged out male competitors from 13 other countries to take first place in both the "A" Group team and individual competitions of the European Gymnastic Tournament.
GV INTERIOR Gymnastics hall at Ingelheim, West Germany, where finals of tournament were hold
GV Joachim Schneider of West Germany (overall second) on parallel bars and score goes up (2 shots)
GV Japanese competitor on high bar as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV Individual overall winner Forenc Donath of Hungary
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Background: Hungarian gymnasts edged out male competitors from 13 other countries to take first place in both the "A" Group team and individual competitions of the European Gymnastic Tournament. The contest was held in Wiesbaden and Ingelheim, West Germany on Saturday and Sunday (18 - 19 October).
SYNOPSIS: The final competitions were held in the Rhine town of Ingelheim, famous for its red wine production. West Germany's Joachim Schneider on the parallel bars turned in a performance that raised his hopes. But his final tally of 56.30 was just short of winner Forenc Donath's 56.70. In team competition also, West Germany took second place.
Competition was keen in all the events. Some gymnasts who had not participated in the Moscow Olympics were facing their rivals for the first time this year. Competition will broaden further in the World competitions in Toronto, Canada, beginning on Wednesday (22 October).
The man to beat in the individual overall points was Forenc Donath. But Hungary's number one gymnast was not to be deprived of the coveted European title.
Although Hungary tool the individual title, Daniel Winkler followed teammate Schneider in overall standings to give West Germany the second and third places.