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October 21, 1987

The Soviet Union took the lead in the compulsory exercises of the men's team competition at the World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Led by Dmitri Bilozerchev, the Soviet team was far ahead with 294.05 points. East Germany was second with 289.85, and China was third with 289.8.

Bilozerchev, the 1983 world champion who is returning after a severe auto accident in 1985 that broke his leg, leads teammate Valeri Liukine, the European champion, in the all-around.

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