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Estonia's Novosjolov takes world epee title (VIDEO)

09.11.2010

Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia won the men's epee world title at the world fencing championships in Paris on Monday, beating France's Gauthier Grumier, holder of the 2006 world team title, 15-8 in the final.
Jean-Michel Lucenay of France took the bronze medal.
Novosjolov won his semifinal 15-11 against Gabor Boczko of Hungary, while Lucenay lost 15-12 to Grumier in the semifinals.
"I couldn’t do anything against Novosjolov. I was destroyed (by him)," Grumier ws quoted by the Associated Press as saying. "I tried to vary my game but nothing much worked. I was at my best and at 200 percent during the tournament. He just crushed everybody."
In  the opening round of the main tournament Novosjolov beat Fabian Kauter of Switzerland 15-11 and advanced to the eighth-final by upsetting the world's top ranked Jorg Fiedler of Germany 13-12 in extra time. He then defeated Spain's Marius Alvarado 15-12 and in quarterfinals came out victorious against Italy's Enrico Garozzo, juniors world champion from two years ago, 15-14.
For Novosjolov this is the second medal from World Championships after his 2001 silver as part of the Estonian team.
The victory means that Novosjolov is entitled to a 600,000 kroon (EUR 38,300) award from the Estonian government.
Under an arrangement agreed in January 2008, winners of gold, silver and bronze at wold championships are awarded respectively 600,000, 300,000 and 200,000 kroons. For an European title the size of the government award is 300,000 kroons.
An Olympic gold brings an athlete a state award of 1.6 million kroons, silver 1.1 million and bronze 700,000 kroons.
(EUR 1 = EEK 15.65)
Baltic News Service

Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia won the men's epee world title at the world fencing championships in Paris on Monday, beating France's Gauthier Grumier, holder of the 2006 world team title, 15-8 in the final. Jean-Michel Lucenay of France took the bronze medal.

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