The Women's National Speed-skating Championship takes place in Leningrad. The strong wind makes things harder?
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Background: The Women's National Speed-skating Championship takes place in Leningrad. The strong wind makes things harder for the skaters... Tamara Rylova, USSR champion, and Inga Artamonova, World champion, begin the race. As lots were drawn, the two athletes were paired for 1,000 metre event. Artamonova is running now on the inside track, Rylova and Artamonova are leading the contests, but by the sum of points Rylova is somewhat ahead of her rival. What Rylova is trying to do now is to consolidate her advantage...
A change of tracks is to take place now. It's a keen struggle -- the rivals have almost collided as they do the crossing. Rylova is entering into the small turn a little earlier than Artamonova. This means that the national champion gains from the world champion more than 15 metres... But here Artamonova is showing her high volitional quality... She liquidates the gap and there she tears away. She finishes the race first with a time of 1 minute 41.1 seconds.
The outcome of the struggle for the all-round champion title will decide the 3,000 metre event. Artamonova, running now on the outside track, is this time coupled with Stenina, a young athlete from Sverdlovak. Stenina is no serious rival for the world champion. Artamonova finishes the race in 5 minutes 51.2 seconds. This is the best result of the day. The championship is over. Inga Artamonova wins the title of all-round champion. Tamara Rylova captures second place, and Rimma Belova is third.
THE MEN's SKATING TRIALS take place in Moscow at the same time as in Leningrad. This is the 1,500 metre event. Titov from Leningrad is paired with Oleg Goncharenko of Moscow, who is the European champion. Titov is leading in the first half of the race... But soon after things change... At the straightaway Goncharenko outstrips his rival. He is first to finish. The start is given now to Rafail Grach and Yuri Mikhailov, world record holder in the 1,500 metre event. This is Mikhailov... He covered the last lap in 33.8 seconds. Mikhailov established his world record at the winter Olympiad in Cortino d'Ampezzo -- now in Moscow he again confirmed his skill. Mikhailov finishes the race with the best result ever shown at the Moscow skating rink...2 minutes 15 seconds.
Here now is Shtalbaums, a young athlete from Omsk, and Sakunenko, all-round champion of the USSR. They are to measure their strength in the 10,000 metre event, the final one in the combined competition. Shtelbaums is trying his best to keep alongside his strong rival. The experienced Sakunenko is careful in spending his energy... On the eve of this event the lot fell upon these two athletes to complete in the race of 5,000 metres. Shtelbaums then lost to the all-round champion only one second. But what awaits him today is something to b guessed upon. The outcome is being decided on the last lap. Sakunenko who has rated well his strength tears away from his young Omak rival and finishes first in 17 minutes 17.7 seconds. At this time Shtelbaums lost almost seven seconds to the winner.
Now we see on the track Robert Merkulov and Oleg Goncharenko -- the result of this event may essentially affect the final distribution of the prize places... And it's especially important for Concharenko, who pretends to win by the total points of all the four events in the combined competition.
The European champion covers his last lap in excellent time. The finish: And here are the winners: Oleg Goncharenko wins first place, Sakunenko -- second, and Merkulov is third.
THE WINTER STADIUM IS OPEN
This is a red-letter day for the Leningrad athletes. After reconstruction the Winter Stadium is open again. A gymnastics display is held here on the opening day. More than two thousand athletes will be training here at the Winter Stadium daily.
AT THE ALA-TAU AND CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS
The steep slopes of the Zailiysk Ala-Tau is a traditional place for Soviet mountain skiing competitions. At the start is Evgenia Sidorova a prize holder of the Winter Olympic Games. The down-hill running is 2,000 metres long. The Moscow sports-woman gives a fine performance - 2 minutes 12.5 seconds is Sidorova's result. Under No. 6 is Alexandra Artemenko from Alma Ata. Artemenko wins from her rival Sidorova - 3 seconds and she is the winner of the competition. Sidorova is first to congratulate her.
The men's contests are next. Genaddy Chertyshchev from Sverdlovsk is in the slalom event. More than 60 flags are put up on the course. And here is now the finish. Alexander Filatov, the repeated champion of the Soviet Union, is next to show what he can do. From the very start he sets a high speed. Filatov displays excellent technique as he is making the turns. 1 minute 1 second is the result of Alexander Filatov and he captures first place.
Let's now leave the Ala-Tau Mountains and fly over to the Gutsul Garpathians. Here at the health resort of Verekhta a ski-jumping competition takes place. Numerous fans gather at the foot of the board "Ukraina".
Athletes from the various Soviet republics are contesting. Ski jumping is a fine sport. Koba Tsakadze - winner at a number of international contests - is jumping. A fine result this time. This jumper is Bykov, a young athlete from Sverdlovsk...72 metres. Not so bad, Nikolai Kamensky, of Moscow, is getting ready for the jump. A fine style... and a good landing. In his second decisive jump Kamensky lands at the mark 74 1/2 metres. The total points of the two jumps make Master of Sport, Nikolai Kamensky, the winner.