In London, gymnasts from the United States won the men's and women's events at the "Champions All" tournament on Saturday (15 April).
GV: Competing nations lined up with national flags in arena, crowd watching. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Kurt Thomas (USA) completing programme on rings.
SV: Marilena Neacsu (Romania) completing programme and dismounting from beam. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Kurt Thomas completing floor exercise.
SV: Monica Goerman (Canada) completing programme on asymmetric bar.
SV: Stoyan Deltchev (Bulgaria) completing programme on rings.
SV: Presentation being made to winners.
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Background: In London, gymnasts from the United States won the men's and women's events at the "Champions All" tournament on Saturday (15 April).
SYNOPSIS: The tournament, an international event, was held at the empire Pool, Wembley. It was the eighth such competition.
The winner of the men's event was Kurt Thomas, seen here nearing the end of his programme on the rings. He is a 22-year-old student from Miami, Florida, and is coached by one of the U.S.A.'s leading Olympic coaches, Roger Cousil.
The beam. And on it 17-year-old Marilena Neacsu, of Romania. She is a specialist at this event and is the current Romanian Champion. Her coach, Bela Karolyi, also trains Nadia Comaneci. Neacsu finished second, behind the winner, Donna Turnbow, of the United States.
Here is the United States Kurt Thomas again. This time on the floor exercise. He was top scorer in five sections and had the days best score, a near perfect 9.80 for the pommelled horse, the kind of form which rates him 9th best in the world.
The asymmetric bars, with the Canadian women's number three, 14-year-old Monica Goerman. She is trained by her mother and has dominated schoolgirl and junior gymnastics in Canada. She was placed sixth overall.
The rings again, with the Bulgarian National Champion, Stoyan Deltchev...he finished second overall, adding to his experience in the Montreal Olympics, and further preparation for the World Championships in Strasbourg, France. He is in training for those championships with the Bulgarian National Squad.
The presentations..the end of a tournament that some gymnastic experts now regard as the most important event next to the World and European Championships.