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12THESWORDJANUARY2015Eight-MedalHaulatVeteransWorldChampionshipsBritainwononegoldonesilverandsixbronzemedalsatthe4VeteransWorldChampionshipsinDebrecenHungary.BillOsbaldestonledthewaywithanimpeccabledisplayoepeeencinginthe7categoryedgingouttheFinnSaarinen6-inthesemi-nalsbeoreracingtoa6-leadinthenalagainsttheNo.seedAllkamperoGermany.AlthoughtheGermanoughtbackOsbaldestonwasalwaysincontrolandwonhisrstworldtitle-7.HeaddedabronzemedalinthesabrejustlosingtoPrechtlGER-9inthesemis.KristinPaynecamerom9thseedinthe7womensoiltobeatlastyearssilvermedallistGoriusGERinthequarter-nalsandthenmultiplemedallistGreunkeGERbeoregoingdowntotherarelybeatenDemailleFRAinthenal.BronzemedalswerecollectedbyJaneHutchison-9sabrePaulLowenandClareHalsted6-69oilandMalcolmCawtonBillOsbaldestonandVivienFrith7sabre.MensFoilAlthoughstartingromalowly6thseedinginCatA-9TonyBartlettprogressedsteadilytothequarter-nalstakingouttheseventhseedPentekHUN-4andthseedEitzGER-7beorelosing7-totheNo.seedCzakHUNandnishingagoodsixthouto6.Czakwasthenbeaten-8byBlaschkaAUTwhowentontowinaone-sidednalagainstJacobyGER-3.JohnTroianostartedasthseedbutlostnarrowly4-inaslow-scoringDEagainsttheBrazilianGuarneratonishst.TwoplacesurtherdownwasPaulWedgewhowentouttoBosioITA-7whileNickFihosywasedgedout-9byIssartierFRAtonish36th.PaulLowenstormedthroughhispouleinCatB6-69tobeseededsecondandreceiveabyetotheL6wherehesecuredanarrow6-victoryoverZakirovRUS.Paulisthemasterogrindingoutawinromasmallleadandhedemonstratedthistoperectioninthequarter-nalswhenheedgedaheadothetallAmericanThomiszer-andheldthatadvantagetotheend.ButinthesemishewasalwaysbehindagainstarapidlydehydratingYamazakiJPNgoingdown6-tonishinthebronzemedalposition.YamazakihadtobetakentohospitalortreatmentbeorethenalwhenhestaggeredtohiseetbutwasinnopositiontocompeteagainsttheathleticItalianGalvanwhowonhisthworldtitleefortlessly-.DavidExeternished4thandSteveFox6thaterbothwontheirrstDEmatchesandthenlostintheL6ExetertotheNo.seedPapHUN9-6andFoxtotheeighthseedAccorsiITA-8.RichardBonehillstandinginorJonathanStanburywasdelightednottocomelastandalmostwonaght.Amongthe3-strongCatC7MalcolmFareChrisGreenandPeterBaroneachwontheirrstDEmatchesbeorelosingtomedallistsintheL6Faretorunner-upPrechtl9-GreentotheworldchampionAtandilovRUS-andBarontobronzemedallistAndriadzeGEO7-tonishth3thand6threspectively.AlanAultwaseliminatedaterthepoulesandnished3th.AtandilovputonanothermasterlydemonstrationooilinthenalcrushingPrechtl8-towinhissixthconsecutivetitle.WomensFoilCaronHalewonveoutosixghtsinherpouletoemergeas7thseedinCatAandprogressedsmoothlytothequarter-nalswhereshelost4-totheNo.seedBonney-MillettAUSnishingsixthouto3.GillianWormanalsoelltotheAustralianbutintheL6tonish4th.JennyMorrisandKatiArcherwentoutintherstDEandendedupndandthrespectively.ChernovaRUScollectedherthirdsuccessivetitlebybeatingBonney-Millett-6.ClareHalstedourthseedatertheCatBpoulesoughtbackrom-downinherquarter-nalagainstthetallandawkwardDelacourFRAtocollectthenextsixhitsandwin-6.InthesemisshemetanewcomertothegroupStarks-FaulknerUSAwhoseemedtohavethebuildandspeedoateenager.TheAmericanwassimplytooastconsigningHalstedtothebronzemedalpositionandgoingontodeeatWesselGER9-inthenal.JaneClaytonwonallbutoneoherpouleghtstoemergeasthseedwithabyetotheL6buttheresheelltoDelacour-8tonishth.MoyaMcNamaraandSueUflosttheirrstDEghtsandnished9thandthrespectively.DianeAustinat8theoldestencerinthechampionshipswontwoandlosttwooherCatCpouleghtstobeseededeighthouto.UnortunatelyshewasthendrawnagainstellowBritKristinPaynewhohadmanagedonlyonevictoryinthepoulesbutoundhertiminganddistanceintheDEbeatingAustinNo.seedGorius8-6andthenGreunke-8inthesemi-nalstosetupadoomednalencounteragainsttheincomparableDemaille.MensEpeeInthe83-strongCatAthetoughesttournamentothechampionshipsAntonPollardwastheonlymemberotheBritishsquadtowinaDEghtbeatingormerGBRencerMarkRancenowoNewZealand-8intheL64beoreallingtoCarnecFRA3-.TheL64sawdeeatsortheotherthreeBritsNealMallettbyCarnec-9HughKernohanFromlettoright-PaulLowenphotoDavidWorsoldClareHalstedKristinPayneMalcolmCawtonJaneHutchisonVivianFrithphotosGillianAghajanBillOsbaldestonphotoJessOsbaldestonByMalcolmFare