The Soviet Union defeated an inexperienced U.S. team today in the 15th edition of the Soviet U.S. track and field meet.
The combined standings were 207-171, with the Soviet men beating the Americans, 118-105, and the Soviet women winning 89-66.
It was the fifth straight win for the Soviet team in the annual event in which they now hold an 11-3-1 record.
The Americans went into the last day of the two-day meet with a fighting chance, trailing the Soviets by only five points, but the Soviets showed their strength in distance and field competition.
Robert Gaines, Bill Collins, Jodi Anderson and the U.S. men's 1.600 meter relay team won gold medals today. Stain Vinson, who respresents the D.C. Striders ran the anchor on the winning relay team. On Friday, Vinson won the 400 meters.
Faines won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.69 seconds. Collins captured the 200-meter dash in 20.52 and Anderson took the women's long jump with leap of 21 feet, 11 inches.
Vladimir Trofimenso won the pole vault with a leapof 15.4 for a Soviet national record, and world record holder Tatyanz Kanankins had [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Julie Brown in the women's 800 run clocking 2.00.7.
The Soviet took first and second places in the woman's 100-meter hurdles, the women's 3,000 meter run, the hight jump and the discuss.
But the U.S. team, completing a three-week European tour without a number of the county's best athletes, proved itself capable of world-class competition.
"These kids may be the Olympians of the future," American coach Tim Tellez said.
In the two days of competition, American men won eight running events and lost four while the women won six and lost four, a strong performance against the powerful Soviet women.
The Soviet men and women together won all but one of the six jumping events, and all but one of the seven throwing events.
In the men's 800 meters Soviet Anatoly Reshetnyak unleased a strong finishing kick to nip James Robinson in 1:46.8.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, George Malley of Glendale, Md., put on his own strong burst at the finish but just failed to catch Soviet Valdimir Filonov, who won in 8:29.5.
After the meet. Anatoly Yefimenko, head of the track and field department of the Soviet Sports Committee, voiced concern over the absence of America's strongest athletes. He said talks would be held soon between the two nations over "the need to send only the best and most outstanding athletes from the United States to compete against Soviet athletes."
Yefimenko said he had talked to American coaches about the problem. Tellez earlier told a reporter that "in practically every event we don't have the top two or three people."