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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, July 22, 1980-Page 15
Comaneci inds a Soviet oe;
U.S.S.R. cagers rolling along
MOSCOW (AP)-Nadia Comaneci of Romania and the newest one of them said, "Five members of our Afghan athletes had spoken to Western
Russian gymnastic marvel, Natalia Shaposhnikova, each scored a team want to go to the American or correspondents about defecting.
British Embassy. We do not like it
perfect 10 and three marks of 9.95 yesterday for an incredible tie here." He said he wanted to join his The American Embassy confirmed
in compulsory exercises opening the Moscow Olympic tourna- brother, who had defected to Pakistan Monday that team members had con-.
ment. and is now in the United States. tacted one reporter but an embassy
The astonishing finish confirmed ball tournament yesterday. But in an impromptu news conferen- spokesman said there was nothing the
predictions that women's gymnastics SOVIET CAPTAIN Sergei Belov, ce at the Village Monday afternoon, embassy could do to help. He said the
would be one of the closest battles for the national sports hero who was Afghan team leader Gholam Hassani embassy had not been in direct contact
_ tm and indiv;d..i d 1dd .l, in chosen to light the Olvmnic flame told a cluster of reporters that no with anv Afghan athiltes

team anu in uvuai got meuas in
Olympic history.
the deeply talented Soviet women take
a full point lead over the Romanians in
the race for the team gold medal which
will be decided after Wednesday's op-
The Soviets amassed 197.75 points,
East Germany came up to take second
with 196.80 and the Romanians were
third, 196.70.
Comaneci, the 18-year-old superstar
of the Montreal. Olympics four years
ago, scored her perfect mark in the
balance beam and added near-perfect
marks of 9.95 in the vault, uneven bars
and floor exercises,
SHAPOSHNIKOVA, a 19-year-old
brunette, scored her perfect mark in the
vault and added 9.95s in the other three
phases to draw cheers from most of the
10,000 fans watching the event.
Top individual placers in the two sec-
tions compete Thursday for ,the gold
silver and bronze medals in all-around
gymnastics. The apparatus finals are
Four years ago, Comaneci succeeded
Olga Korbut as the world's most
celebrated gymnast by winning the all-
around gold medal and two other golds
in beam and uneven bars, recording the
first perfect 10 in Olympic competition.
The Soviet Union beat Brazil 101-88
to advance to the top of the Group A
standings in the Olympic men's basket-
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scored 25 points to lead the winners.
Vladimir Tkachenko, the 7-foot-4 cen-
tertook charge of the rebounding and
moved well inside to score 11 points for
the powerful Soviet men's team, the
favorite here in the absence of the
boycotting Americans.
Swlim ming
Sergei Kopliakov of the Soviet Union
set an-Olympic record of 1:49.81 in win-
ning the gold in the men's 200-meter
freestyle swim.
Ines Geissler of East Germany won
the gold in the women's 200-meter but-
terfly in Olympic record time of 2:10.44.
Irina Kalinina of the Soviet Union
won the women's springboard diving
gold medal.
Bengt Baron of Sweden won the
men's 100-meter backstroke event in
56.53, breaking the domination of
swimming events by eastern bloc coun-
The Afghan Olympic team prepared
for competition in boxing and wrestling
yesterday after the team leader denied
that any of them want to defect to the
American or British embassies in
At least two members of the team
have made repeated approaches to
western reporters at the Olympic
Village, saying they wanted asylum in
the embassies. Seven Siberian Pen-
tecostalists struggling to emigrate to
the United States have been lodged in
the basement of the American Em-
bassy for more than two years.
IN ONE OF several incidents in
recent days, two Afghan team mem-
bers approached a reporter Friday and
Medal Standings
Gold Silver Bronze Total
E. Germany 3 6 3 12
Soviet Union 6 3 2 11
Great Britain 0 2 0 2
North Korea 0 1 1 2
Australia 0 0 2 2
Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
Bulgaria 0 0 2 -2
Czechoslovakia 0 0 1 1
Hungary 1 0 0 1
Sweden 1 0 0 1
Cuba 1 0 0 1
Poland 0 0 1 1

ROMANIAN GYMNAST NADIA COMANECI shows the skill and concentration
that earnedher a perfect score of ten on the balance beam at yesterday's
Olympic gymnastics compulsories in Moscow. Comanecifound herself running
neck-and-neck with Soviet gymnast Natalia Shaposhnikova as the tournament
moved into the all-around phase.

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