Russians Sweep Aerobatic Championships

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Russians swept the top three places at the World Aerobatic Championships in Lakeland, Fla., last week. Sergey Rakhmanin edged Svetlana Kapanina, who held first place going into the final round of the four-round competition and was trying to become the first woman to win the title. Alexander Krotov completed the sweep. Robert Armstrong, of Athens, Ga., was the top American, placing fourth in a French-built CAP 231. He was in second place through part of the competition. Pilots fly four rounds, including freestyle, known compulsory and two compulsory rounds where the routines are given to them just before takeoff.