When the world's best fencers are awarded their medals during the Fencing World Championships 2005 this autumn in Leipzig (8 to 15 October 2005, Arena Leipzig), they will take with them small treasures: for the first time in the history of fencing, the medals will be made of Dresden china.
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To come up with the current models, the designers and modellers from Meissen have been at work over the past few months. "First of all, we had to develop a technology for glazing the medals which also maintains the brilliance of the precious metals. After all, porcelain medals are not normally glazed. I think that after numerous attempts over the last weeks we've come up with a very successful solution, so that the medals at the Fencing World Championships will shine their gold, silver and bronze," says Gundela Corso, head of tourism and PR at the Meissen Porcelain Manufacture, where Dresden china is traditionally made.
Some 1,500 athletes and officials from about 80 nations are expected to attend the Fencing World Championships 2005 which will be hosted from 8th – 15th October 2005, in the Arena Leipzig.
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