The third international rock-climbing competition were staged near Yalta, the Black Sea resort in the Crimean region of the Soviet Union from October the 18th to the 20th.
GV The Koshka Cliff, near Yalta, USSR (2 shots)
CU PAN Japanese competitor, Akira Nisimura, commencing climb
CU & GV Nisimura climbing (2 shots)
CU Winner of long climb and third-placed in short climb, Valeri Balezin (USSR) starts climb, and scales up cliff face (2 shots)
TV & CU Spectators (2 shots)
SV & CU Swiss pair of Frans Kurster and Urs Mergeli climbing as team (5 shots)
SV & CU Winning Soviet pair Alexander Dyomin and Valeri Balezin (4 shots)
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Background: The third international rock-climbing competition were staged near Yalta, the Black Sea resort in the Crimean region of the Soviet Union from October the 18th to the 20th. The competitions which are held every two years began in 1976. This year, 28 rock climbers from eight countries pitted skills and techniques in three different events.
SYNOPSIS: The steep face of the Koshka cliff was the test for the short-distance climb. Akira Nisimura from Japan makes his way up the 85 degree face.
Nisimura, a 30-year-old engineer from Tokyo, has been rock-climbing for 10 years and was the silver medallist i Japan's 1980 championships. Using no equipment, the climbers followed a marked route to the top of the climb and returned. Referees marked them on technique and time.
Nisimura with fellow climber Kyosi Hinotani, Japan's gold medallist, won third place in overall team points.
Soviet climber Valeri Balezin, a 27-year-old trainer from Krasnoyarsk, has won many Soviet and international competitions. On the long route, considered the most complicated of the three events, he scaled the smooth walls and jutting overhangs in the best time of five minutes, 35.4 seconds.
In the Dom???aysky competition, nine national pairs of climbers from eight countries tackled the 120 metre (yards) climb and traverse. The technique here involves moving in a pendulum manner up the face of the Castropol wall.
The Swiss pair of Frans Kurster and Urs Mergeli, judged on time, all-important precautions technique and their skills in using special equipment, took fifth place.
The winning team of Alexander Dyomin and Valeri Balezin of the Soviet Union made the climb in 25 minutes, 52.2 seconds. Dyomin who's 32, has been climbing for 12 years and has won two Soviet championships and one international.
The results of the individual competitions figured in the final team results. The Soviets took first overall place, Czechoslovakia came second, Japan third and Poland fourth.