Gymnastics.... and a 100 competitors from 26 countries took part in the 'Moscow News Competition',?
GV Alexander Tkachov on rings
GV Crowd applaud
SV Gennady Krysin on rings
GV Rhonda Schwandt in the asymmetric bars (3 shots)
GV Maria Filatova on the asymmetric bars (3 shots)
GV Yelena Mukhina on the asymmetric bars
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Background: Gymnastics.... and a 100 competitors from 26 countries took part in the 'Moscow News Competition', which was staged in the Lenin Stadium Palace of Sports on Friday, saturday and sunday (31 March to 2 April). In the men's competition the main opposition to the home gymnasts came from the Japanese. and in the women's section, interest centred mainly on the tussle between rivals Yelena Mukhina and Maria Filatova.
SYNOPSIS: Competition began with the men, and the highlight was the exciting duel between Alexander Tkachov, seen here on the rings, and 20-year-old Gennady Krysin. tkachov took few chances, but it was an impressive overall performance.
Now Gennady Krysin, a silver medallist in the team competition at the Montreal Olympics. Tkachov pushed him all the way but in the end Gennady, a Moscow student, took the overall title by point one of a point ... His score, 56 point 9.
The women now, and Rhonda Schwandt of the United States on the asymmetric bars. She finished fourth overall after taking the gold in the vault.
The overall silver medal went to world champion Maria filatova, who finished with 38 point 6 points out of a possible 40. this put her ahead of soviet team mate Svetlana Agapova, but was not good enough to beat her main rival, Yelena Mukhina.
Mukhina, silver medallist in last year's European Championships in Prague, gave an almost flawless display to score 39 points. Still only 18, she is a first-year student at Moscow's Institute of Physical Culture, and her sights are firmly set on the 1980 Olympics.