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JANUARY2015THESWORD13REPORTSbyHustigGER-andWilliamMillerbySemykozUKR-.InthenalSokolovcollectedhisthirdworldtitlebybeatingCartillierAUS-.HighestrankedotheBritishcontingentatertheCatBpoulesRobBrookswasseededthbutwasunluckytomeet3rdseedRalphJohnsonintheL3.Johnsonwon-beorelosingtotheeventualsilvermedallistMarinoITA8-andnishingthouto3.MaxTelerandJonathanStanburywereeliminatedaterthepouleswithonevictoryeach.InthenalormerseniorworldchampionVolkerFischeroGermanyshowedthatheisstillmasterotheperectlytimedsimpleecheattackpickingoftheasterMarino-towinhisthworldveteranepeetitle.Inthe44-strongCatCMalcolmFarehadagoodrstroundtobeseededsixthbutlost7-intheDEtoSaarinenFINwhoalsoaccountedorRobPhelps-8inthenextround.MeanwhileChrisGreenelltotheNo.seedAllkamperGERbutBillOsbaldestonedgedoutAdamsUSA-4eliminatedtheNo.seedandlastyearschampionCassagoITA-8andthenbeatBlinFRA-7inthequarter-nalsbeorenailingthedicultSaarinen6-inthesemis.InthenalhewasalwaysaheadagainstAllkamperwinninghisrstworldchampionshipinstyle-7.WomensEpeeAllthreeBritishcontendersinCatAlostintherstroundoDECaronHalenishing3rdouto39FionaTurnbull4thandMarietteMason3th.ThenalsawOsvathAUSandHohlbeinGERequalon4-allatthebreakbutthentheGermangraduallypulledawaytowin-7.InCatBSilviaEarlstartedbadlywithjustonevictoryinthepoulesbutstormedbackintheDEtoknockouttheninthseedTelloBRA-andthenteammateCarylOliver-9toreachthequarter-nalsbuthereshewasneverinwithachanceagainstthereigningchampionKocabUSAandnishedineighthplace.OliverwasthFionaHaldanewentdowntoMayorovaRUS4-tocome8thandJaneClaytonwholosttoormerchampionGardiniITA7-was3rd.KocabretainedherworldtitlewithoutmuchdicultydeeatingSomorojaFIN-inthenal.CatCsawDemailleputonanotherimmaculatedisplayoencingtowinherthconsecutiveepeetitlebyoverwhelmingGreunke-3.CarolSeheultdidbestotheBritswinningherrstDEghtbeoremeetingDemaille.SylviaBrownwentouttoGoriusandDianeAustinwasnarrowlyeliminatedaterthepoules.MensSabreInCatABarryCoulteredgedoutKrasnichCAN-9inhisrstDEghtbutcrashedouttoVolkovRUS-intheL6nishingarespectable3thouto43.KeithRogersonandPeterHoweslosttheirmatchestonishndandthrespectivelyandStevenRenniewaseliminatedwithonevictoryinthepoules.CarlucciITAdismissedGasztonyiHUNwithease-3towinthetitle.RichardCohenbreezedthroughthepouleroundtobecomeNo.seedin34-strongCatBwonhisL6ghtwitheasebutthenstumbledagainstPeleFRAjustmissingthemedalstagesbyonehittonishth.CarlMorrisandChrisPrevettwentoutintheL6MorristotheeventualsilvermedallistYungUSAandPrevetttothegoldmedallistParisiITAnishingthandthrespectively.TonyBardelllosttoFilippiITAandendedup8th.InthenalParisihadjustenoughmomentumtokeepaheadoYungandwin-8.BillOsbaldestonandMalcolmCawtonpickedupthebronzemedalsinCatC.OsbaldestonedgedoutSudranAUS-9inthequarter-nalsbeorebeingeliminatedbythesamescoreinthesemisbyPrechtlGERwhileCawtonhadaneasiertimeagainstteammatePeterBaronwinning-4beoregoingdowntoSchubertUKR7-.Baronnishedseventh.FourthmanChrisGreenlosthisDEghttoendup3rd.SchubertannihilatedPrechtl-inthenal.WomensSabreJaneHutchisonstormedthroughthepouleroundotheCatAtobeseededsecondwithabyetotheL6andreachedthesemi-nalswithoutdicultybeoremeetinganin-ormBandieriITAandgoingdown7-tonishwithabronzemedalinthis9-strongevent.GraceCoulterMicheleNareyandJennyMorrisallwontheirrstDEghtsbeorelosingintheL6tonishththand6threspectively.BandieriwasinaclassoherownagainstMazorolUSAwinning-4.Fourthseedouto3atertheCatBpoulesVivienFrithhadabyetotheL6whereshebeatJansenGER-8toreachthequarter-nalsandthenoverwhelmedChikubuJPN-beorebowingouttothereigningworldchampionJaneEyreUSAtonishwithabronzemedal.LynneBornemiszaYvonneWallsandSueBenneyallreachedtheL6butthenlosttonishththand4threspectively.ThenalbroughttogethertwoAmericansEyreandtheyouthuloilgoldmedallistStarks-Faulkner.Eyrealwayshadtheupperhandretaininghertitle-6.OuronlyrepresentativeinCatCSylviaBrownwaseliminatedaterthepoules.ThequestioninthisgroupwaswouldDemaillemakeanothercleansweepothe7goldmedalsorwouldOLearyUSAbeatenintosecondplacelastyeargainherrevengeIntheeventtheAmericanwasalwaysincontrolinthenalwinning-toregainthetitlesherstwonin.OsbaldestonscoresthewinninghitPhotoJessOsbaldeston