Sport: There Is No Danger

At the world fencing championships in Stockholm last week, Mogens Luchow, Denmark's world épée champion, met a tough Finnish army captain named Ilmari Vartia. Luchow parried Vartia's attack, thrust sharply and powerfully in riposte. The stiff, three-cornered blade plunged into the Finn's chest. "There is no danger," insisted Vartia as the blade was eased out of the wound, its protective tip still in place. A moment later, with blood staining his white fencer's jacket, Captain Vartia slipped lifeless to the floor.


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