Battle of the Year

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For the film of a similar name, see Battle of the Year (film)

Battle of the Year, commonly referred to as BOTY, is an annual international b-boying series that began in 1990. It is a crew (as opposed to individual) competition. Regional qualifying tournaments, also known as preliminaries, are held worldwide culminating in the BOTY International, the world finals event which was held at the Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig, Germany until 2009. Since 2010, the world finals take place in Montpellier, France. Battle of the Year is widely regarded as the premier International B-Boy Championships in the world,[1] frequently referred to as the "World Cup of B-Boying".[2] Battle of the year creates "spaces for a globalization at the bottom, bringing people together across the barriers of geography, language, and race".[3] Benson Lee filmed a documentary on the Battle of the Year called Planet B-Boy which gives a point of view on what type of people take part in the Battle of the Year. "BOTY becomes more and more international and that means more and more popular. So the capacity of the venues grows and every year there are some more key men in the BOTY-team. One of their aims is to integrate young and motivated people. And it's necessary to do it because it is getting harder and harder to fulfill all the claims".[4] BOTY audiences increased over the years - in 1997, 4000 people watched the finals. The BOTY finals in 2000 held in Hannover, Germany had the largest audience, with 10000 people watching the finals. In 2001, "A change of direction" was added to the BOTY logo as decisions were made to change the format due to the increased popularity and to make it more manageable.[5]

Past Battle of the Year results[edit]

Year First place Second place Third place 1 Fourth place Best show
2014 Russia Predatorz South Korea Fusion MC Japan Body Carnival / Vietnam S.I.N.E. Crew No third-place battle held South Korea Fusion MC
2013 South Korea Fusion MC Netherlands Ruggeds Germany B-Town All Stars / Japan Flooriorz No third-place battle held Japan Flooriorz
2012 France Vagabonds Japan Flooriorz France Pockémon / South Korea Morning of Owl No third-place battle held France Vagabonds
2011 France Vagabonds United States Battle Born Japan Nine State B-boyz / Taiwan TPEC No third-place battle held France Vagabonds
2010 South Korea Jinjo Japan Mortal Combat South Korea Gamblerz / France La Smala No third-place battle held Japan Mortal Combat
2009 South Korea Gamblerz Russia Top 9 Japan All Area / France Phase-T No third-place battle held Japan All Area
2008 Russia Top 9 South Korea T.I.P. Taiwan Formosa / France Smokémon No third-place battle held Russia Top-9
2007 South Korea Extreme Crew Japan Turn Phrase Crew France Legiteam Obstruxion / Germany Funk Fellaz No third-place battle held Japan Turn Phrase Crew
2006 France Vagabonds South Korea Last For One South Korea Drifterz / Germany B-Town Allstars No third-place battle held France Vagabonds
2005 South Korea Last For One Japan Ichigeki South Korea Gamblerz France Phase-T Japan Ichigeki
2004 South Korea Gamblerz France Fantastik Armada Germany Stuttguard Italy Break the Funk Italy Break the Funk
2003 France Pockémon South Korea Expression Crew South Korea Gamblerz Japan Fire Works Japan Fire Works
2002 South Korea Expression Crew France Vagabonds Switzerland Deep Trip Russia Top 9 France Vagabonds
2001 France Wanted Japan Team Ohh United States HaviKoro South Korea Visual Shock South Korea Visual Shock
2000 Germany Flying Steps Japan Waseda Breakers Switzerland Scrambling Feet South Africa South African Allstars Japan Waseda Breakers
1999 Hungary Suicidal Lifestyle United States Rock Force Canada Bag of Trix France The Family Switzerland/Japan Spartanic Rockers
1998 United States Rock Force France The Family United States Phase 2 Hungary Suicidal Lifestyle Japan Spartanic Japan
1997 United States Style Elements Germany South Side Rockers South Africa Black Noise Hungary Suicidal Lifestyle Germany South Side Rockers
1996 Switzerland Toys in Effect Hungary Enemy Squad Germany Wedding B-Boys & Flying Steps Italy Passo Sul Tempo None awarded
1995 France/Italy The Family Hungary Enemy Squad Denmark Out of Control Germany Phase-T None awarded
1994 Germany Vlinke Vuesse Hungary Enemy Squad United Kingdom Always Rockin Tuff Switzerland Crazy Force Crew None awarded
1993 United Kingdom Always Rockin Tuff Germany Fresh Force Hungary Enemy Squad Germany TDB None awarded
1992 Germany Battle Squad United Kingdom Second 2 None Hungary Enemy Squad Germany TDB None awarded
1991 Germany Battle Squad Germany TDB Hungary Enemy Squad Germany Fresh Force None awarded
1990 Germany/United Kingdom TDB Switzerland Crazy Force Crew Germany City Rockers None awarded None awarded

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1 Until 2006, one battle was held solely for first place and one battle was held solely for third place. Starting in 2006, 2 semifinal battles are held, with the winner of each battle advancing to the finals. The losers of both battles do not battle each other; therefore, there is no fourth-place award.

2014 season[edit]

Crew List for 2013 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
South Korea Fusion MC
Greece Black Out Crew
Japan Body Carnival
Italy Last Alive
Nigeria 619 Fellerz
Brazil Street Son Crew
United Kingdom Soul Maverick
Russia Predatorz
Senegal Crazy Elements
France Infamous
Taiwan Ten Years in a Moment
Mexico Gravedad Zero
Vietnam S.I.N.E Crew
Germany Saxonz
Netherlands The Ruggeds
Israel Unstopabullz

2013 season[edit]

2013 World Finals results[edit]

Like in 2012, Battle of the Year 2013 included an additional semi finals placer to add additional battles to the tournament. Six crews qualified after the showcase stage of the competition consisting of the two highest scoring crews automatically qualified for the semi finals and four crews competing for the two remaining places against them.[7]

Semi final placers (see table below)
           
1 South Korea Fusion MC W
4 Venezuela Vino Tinto L
 
 
3 Netherlands Ruggeds W
2 Taiwan KGB TC United L
Semi finals Finals
           
1 South Korea Fusion MC W
4 Germany B-Town All Stars L
South Korea Fusion MC W
Netherlands Ruggeds L
3 Netherlands Ruggeds W
2 Japan Flooriorz L

Best Show: Japan Flooriorz

Crew List for 2013 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
Greece WaveOmatic Winner, BOTY Balkans 2013
Italy De Klan Winner, BOTY Italy 2013
Taiwan KGB TC Unity Winner, BOTY Taiwan 2013
Japan Flooriorz Winner, BOTY Japan 2013
Israel Unstopabullz Winner, BOTY Israel 2013
Belarus Hunters Crew Winner, BOTY Belarus 2013
Nigeria Space Unlimited Winner, BOTY Nigeria 2013
Germany B-Town Allstars Winner, BOTY Germany 2013
United Kingdom Soul Mavericks Winner, BOTY Central Europe 2013
Vietnam S.I.N.E Crew Winner, BOTY South Asia 2013
France Melting Force Winner, BOTY France 2013
United States Knuckle Head Zoo Winner, BOTY USA 2013
South Korea Fusion MC Winner, BOTY Korea 2013
Venezuela Vinotinto
Netherlands Ruggeds

2013 International 1 on 1 Battle results[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
           
 South Korea Pocket   W
 Italy Mat   L  
 South Korea Pocket   L
   Japan Issei   W  
 Japan Issei   W
 Israel Hulk   L  
 Japan Issei   L
   Netherlands Menno   W  
 France Tonio   L
 Netherlands Menno   W  
 Netherlands Menno   W
   Japan Nori   L  
 Japan Nori   W
 Morocco Lil Zoo   L  
 Netherlands Menno   W
   United States Thesis   L
 Bulgaria Slav   L
 United States Thesis   W  
 United States Thesis   W
   South Korea Wing   L  
 South Korea Wing   W
 Russia Bootuz   L  
 United States Thesis   W
   Venezuela Lil G   L   Third Place
 Venezuela Lil G   W
 
 Belgium Titris   L  
 Venezuela Lil G   W      
   Ukraine Robin   L        
 Austria Cherry   L
 Ukraine Robin   L  

2012 season[edit]

2012 World Finals results[edit]

Battle of the Year 2012 included an additional semi finals placer to add additional battles to the tournament. In 2012 six crews qualified after the showcase stage of the competition consisting of the two highest scoring crews automatically qualified for the semi finals and four crews competing for the two remaining places against them.[8]

Semi final placers (see table below)
           
1 South Korea Morning of Owl W
4 Taiwan Formosa L
 
 
3 Italy De Klan L
2 France Pockemon Crew W
Semi finals Finals
           
1 South Korea Morning of Owl L
4 Japan Floorriorz W
Japan Floorriorz L
France Vagabond Crew W
3 France Pockemon Crew L
2 France Vagabond Crew W

Best Show: France Vagabond Crew

Crew List for 2012 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
France Vagabonds Champion, BOTY International 2011
Greece Dead Prezz Winner, BOTY Balkans 2012
Austria Prodigy Winner, Central Eastern Europe 2012
Spain Supremos Winner, BOTY Iberica 2012
France Pockemon Winner, BOTY France 2012
Japan Flooriorz Winner, BOTY Japan 2012
Israel Kosher Flava Winner, BOTY Israel 2012
Belarus Hunters Crew Winner, BOTY Belarus 2012
Tunisia Upper Underground Winner, BOTY Africa 2012
Germany Reckless Gang Winner, BOTY Germany 2012
Italy De Klan Winner, BOTY Italy 2012
Taiwan Formosa Crew Winner, BOTY Taiwan 2012
Singapore Radical Force Winner, BOTY South Asia 2012
Nigeria Space Unlimited Winner, BOTY Nigeria 2012
Belgium Team Shmetta Winner, BOTY BeNeLux 2012
South Africa Unity Crew Winner, BOTY South Africa 2012
Morocco Lhiba KingZoo Winner, BOTY 2012
South Korea Morning of Owl Winner, BOTY Korea 2012

2011 season[edit]

2011 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 United States Battle Born W
4 Japan Nine States B-boyz L
United States Battle Born L
France Vagabonds W
3 France Vagabonds W
2 Taiwan TPEC L

Best Show: France Vagabonds

Crew List for 2011 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
South Korea Jinjo Crew Champions, BOTY International 2010
United States Havikoro/Skill Methodz Winner, BOTY USA 2011
Poland CT Group Winner, BOTY Vienna 2011
France Vagabonds Winner, BOTY France 2011
Japan Nine States B-Boyz Winner, BOTY Japan 2011
Taiwan TPEC Winner, BOTY Taiwan 2011
Israel Kosher Flava Winner, BOTY Israel 2011
Kazakhstan Simple System Winner, BOTY Kazakhstan 2011
Guatemala Guatemaya Crew Winner, BOTY Central America 2011
South Korea Maximum Crew Winner, BOTY Korea 2011
United States Battle Born Winner, BRAUN BOTY USA 2011
Brazil Amazon B-Boys Winner, BOTY Brazil 2011
Switzerland Ruff'n'X Winner, BOTY Switzerland 2011
Algeria Fusion Crew Winner, BOTY Algeria 2011
Tunisia Flavaz Army Winner, BOTY Tunisia 2011
Germany Reckless Bunch Winner, BRAUN BOTY Germany 2011
Thailand OnePiece UD Town Winner, BOTY South Asia 2011
Belgium Hoochen Crew Winner, BRAUN BOTY Benelux 2011
Italy De Klan Winner, BRAUN BOTY Italy 2011
United Arab Emirates Slam Fam & Over Boys Winner, BRAUN BOTY Middle East 2011
Russia BMT & Mafia 13 Winner, BOTY Russia 2011

2010 season[edit]

2010 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 South Korea Jinjo W
4 South Korea Gamblerz L
South Korea Jinjo W
Japan Mortal Combat L
3 Japan Mortal Combat W
2 France La Smala L

Best Show: Japan Mortal Combat

Crew List for 2010 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
South Korea Gamblerz Champion, BOTY International 2009
South Korea Jinjo Winner, BOTY Korea 2010
Japan Mortal Combat Winner, BOTY Japan 2010
Taiwan Top Coalition Winner, BOTY Taiwan 2010
France La Smala Winner, BOTY France 2010
Vietnam Big Toe Winner, BOTY SEA 2010
Italy De Klan Winner, BOTY Italy 2010
Switzerland 2DR Squad Winner, BOTY Switzerland 2010
Russia Predatorz Winner, BOTY Russia 2010
Belgium/Netherlands Team Shmetta Winner, BOTY Benelux 2010
Austria PRODIGY Winner, BOTY South East Europe 2010
Brazil Bio All Stars Winner, BOTY Brazil 2010
Kazakhstan Simple System Winner, BOTY Kazakhstan 2010
Greece Dead Prezz Winner, BOTY Balkans 2010
Germany Flowjob Winner, BOTY Germany 2010
Guatemala Chapin Crew Winner, BOTY Guatemala 2010
Israel Unstopabullz Winner, BOTY Israel 2010
Algeria Kamikaz Crew Winner, BOTY Algeria 2010
Morocco La Halla King Zoo Winner, BOTY Morocco 2010

2009 season[edit]

For the first time in the Competition's history, a 1 on 1 Tournament was held for b-boys who weren't competing as a part of a crew. The first 1 on 1 Battle of the Year final saw Lilou of Algeria defeat Morris representing the U.S..

2009 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 South Korea Gamblerz W
4 France Phase-T L
South Korea Gamblerz W
Russia Top 9 L
3 Japan All Area L
2 Russia Top 9 W

Best Show: Japan All Area

Crew List for 2009 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
South Korea Gamblerz Champion, BOTY Asia 2009
United Kingdom Soul Mavericks Winner, BOTY UK 2009
France Phase T Winner, BOTY France 2009
Austria Prodigy Crew Winner, BOTY SEE 2009
Greece Breakers Without Fear Winner, BOTY Balkans 2009
Belarus Belarusian B-Boys Winner, BOTY CIS 2009
Belgium Team Shmetta Winner, BOTY Benelux 2009
Russia Top-9 2nd place, BOTY International 2008
Taiwan Formosa 3rd place, BOTY Asia 2009
Japan All Area Winner, BOTY Asia 2009
Suriname Myztikal Winner, BOTY Caricom 2009
Israel Unstopabulls Winner, BOTY Israel 2009
Sweden Octagon Winner, BOTY Scandinavia 2009
Italy De Klan Winner BOTY Italy 2009
Germany Funk Fellaz Winner BOTY Germany 2009
South Africa Ubuntu B Boyz Winner BOTY Africa 2009
United States Knuckle Head Zoo Invited Directly
Switzerland Ghost Rockz Winner BOTY Switzerland 2009
Brazil Amazon B Boyz Winner BOTY Brazil 2009

2008 season[edit]

2008 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 South Korea T.I.P. W
4 Taiwan Formosa L
South Korea T.I.P. L
Russia Top 9 W
3 Russia Top 9 W
2 France Smokémon L

Best Show: Russia Top 9

Crew List for 2008 World Finals[edit]

This list is in chronological order by date qualified.

Crew Qualification
South Korea Extreme Crew Champion, BOTY International 2007
United Kingdom Bad Taste Cru Winner, BOTY UK 2008
Netherlands Groove Kingz Winner, BOTY Benelux 2008
France Smokemon Winner, BOTY France 2008
Greece Dead Prezz Winner, BOTY Balkans 2008
Poland Crazy Twisting Tribal Team Winner, BOTY South East Europe 2008
Russia Top 9 Winner, BOTY Russia 2008
Morocco La Halla King Zoo Winner, BOTY West Africa 2008
South Korea T.I.P. Winner, BOTY Asia 2008
Taiwan Formosa 2nd place, BOTY Asia 2008
Japan Kaiten Ninja 3rd place, BOTY Asia 2008
Canada Now or Never Winner, BOTY Canada 2008
Israel Unstopabulls Winner, BOTY Israel 2008
Switzerland Ghost Rockz Winner, BOTY Switzerland 2008
Brazil Tsunami Allstars Winner, BOTY Brazil 2008
Germany TNT Crew Winner, BOTY Germany 2008
Sweden Octagon Winner, BOTY Scandinavia 2008
Spain Fallen Angels Crew Winner, BOTY Iberica 2008
United States Furious Soldiers Winner, BOTY USA 2008

2007 season[edit]

2007 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 France Legiteam Obstruktion L
4 South Korea Extreme Crew W
South Korea Extreme Crew W
Japan Turn Phrase Crew L
3 Japan Turn Phrase Crew W
2 Germany Funk Fellaz L

Best Show: Japan Turn Phrase Crew

Crew List for 2007 World Finals[edit]

This list is in chronological order by date qualified. Preliminaries that have not occurred yet have a colored background.

Crew Qualification
Belgium Hoochen Winner, BOTY Benelux 2007
Hungary Sick 7 Winner, BOTY South East Europe 2007
Bulgaria Plastic Def Squad Winner, BOTY Balkans 2007
France Legiteam Obstruktion Winner, BOTY France 2007
Italy Rapid Soul Moves Winner, BOTY Italy 2007
Spain Fallen Angels Crew Winner, BOTY Iberica 2007
South Korea Extreme (Obo Wang) Crew Winner, BOTY Asia 2007
Japan Turn Phrase Crew 2nd place, BOTY Asia 2007
Thailand Ground Scatter Crew 3rd place, BOTY Asia 2007
Israel Breakerholics Winner, BOTY Israel 2007
Sweden Ultimate Desperados Winner, BOTY Scandinavia 2007
Germany Funk Fellaz Winner, BOTY Germany 2007
Switzerland Ruff'n'X Crew Winner, BOTY Switzerland 2007
Brazil DF Zulu Breakers Winner, BOTY Brazil 2007
France Vagabonds (withdrew) Champion, BOTY International 2006
South Africa Last Minute Crew (withdrew) Winner, BOTY South Africa 2007

2006 season[edit]

2006 World Finals results[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 France Vagabonds W
4 South Korea Drifterz L
France Vagabonds W
South Korea Last For One L
3 South Korea Last For One W
2 Germany B-Town Allstars L

Best Show: France Vagabonds

Crew List for 2006 World Finals[edit]

Crew Qualification
South Korea Last For One Champion, BOTY International 2005
France Vagabonds Winner, BOTY France 2006
Bulgaria Electric Force Crew Winner, BOTY Balkans 2006
Sweden Octagon Winner, BOTY Scandinavia 2006
Russia Top 9 Winner, BOTY Russia 2006
Austria Moving Shadows Winner, BOTY South East Europe 2006
Italy Ormus Force Winner, BOTY Italy 2006
Latvia Camelot Winner, BOTY North East Europe 2006
Japan Ichigeki Winner, BOTY Japan 2006
Spain Fallen Angels Winner, BOTY Iberica 2006
Israel Lions of Zion Winner, BOTY Israel 2006
China STO Winner, BOTY China 2006
United States Knuckle Head Zoo Winner, BOTY USA 2006
Thailand Ground Scatter Crew Winner, BOTY South East Asia 2006
South Africa Ubuntu Winner, BOTY South Africa 2006
Taiwan HRC Winner, BOTY Taiwan 2006
Germany B-Town Allstars Winner, BOTY Germany 2006
Switzerland Ruff'n'X Crew Winner, BOTY Switzerland 2006
South Korea Drifterz Crew Winner, BOTY Korea 2006
Netherlands Floor Burning Winner, BOTY Benelux 2006

Series Format[edit]

World Finals Format[edit]

The format comprises firstly a showcase round in which all crews perform a routine of no more than six minutes in length demonstrating their ability in the different styles of breakdance. Judges rank all competing crews by evaluating certain criteria based on the shows.

Following the showcase round, the top four crews are selected to take part in a crew-vs-crew battle playoff. In the semifinals, the top-ranked crew battles the 4th-ranked crew and the 2nd-ranked crew battles the 3rd-ranked crew. The winner of each semifinal then battle each other for the championship.

An award, "Best Show", is also given to the crew that had the best-scoring showcase.

Scoring Criteria[edit]

Judges evaluate the showcase round on two main elements, artistry and technicality, each of which includes several criteria. The artistry element includes theme, music, synchronicity, and choreography, among others. The technicality element includes toprock, uprock, footwork, and power moves, among others.[9]

Qualification and Preliminaries[edit]

The champion of the world finals is always invited directly to the following year's world finals to defend their title. All other crews qualify via preliminary tournaments, although historically there have been a few instances of directly-invited crews (usually when there is no preliminary in that crew's region).

Qualification is moving towards a two-step system consisting of individual country preliminaries followed by regional preliminaries. Historically, each country had an individual preliminary and sent one crew to the world finals; however, countries have become more and more regionalized over the years. For example, starting in 2007, there is a new BOTY Asia regional preliminary that will send the top 3 finishers to the world finals; in 2006 and years prior, Asia region countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan had their own preliminaries and sent one crew each to the world finals.

The following is a chart showing the regions and countries in the region, as well as number of crews sent to the world finals, for the 2007 season.

Region Crews Sent Member Countries
BOTY Asia 3  China,  Indonesia,  Japan,  South Korea,  Laos,  Malaysia,  Philippines,  Singapore,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  Vietnam, India*
BOTY Balkans 1  Albania,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria,  Cyprus,  Greece,  Macedonia,  Montenegro,  Romania,  Serbia,  Turkey
BOTY Benelux 1  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands
BOTY Iberica 1  Portugal,  Spain
BOTY North East Europe* 0  Belarus,  Estonia,  Latvia,  Lithuania,
BOTY Scandinavia 1  Denmark,  Finland,  Norway,  Sweden; also, BOTY North East Europe member countries are invited to participate*
BOTY South East Europe 1  Austria,  Bosnia,  Croatia,  Hungary,  Slovenia,  Czech Republic,  Poland,  Slovakia

* Winner of BOTY India will participate in BOTY Asia from 2011
* BOTY North East Europe regional preliminary was canceled. On July 10, 2007, it was announced that BOTY North East Europe member countries would be allowed to enter BOTY Scandinavia.[10]
** On September 7, 2007, the BOTY USA 2007 qualifier was announced;[11] however, it was canceled less than one month later.

World Finals Format History[edit]

Prior to 2006, the current championship playoff system was not used. Instead, there were only two battles: two crews would compete for first place, while two other crews would compete for third place. While a "Best Show" award was still granted based on showcase performance, the judges would also rank the crews as to who they thought should participate in the championship battle. This resulted in frequently-occurring situations where the crew that received the "Best Show" award was not even able to compete for the championship, as they were picked for the third place battle instead of the championship battle. Examples include three "Best Show" winners in the final five years under the old format: Break the Funk (2004), Fire Works (2003), and Visual Shock (2001).[12] The change to the playoff system also brought the world finals format into line with some of the qualifier formats, such as the BOTY Korea Preliminary, which has been using the four-crew playoff system for years.

Starting in 2004, a strict 6-minute time limit per crew on the showcase was enforced for the world finals, with scoring penalties assessed for going over time. This was enacted so that the world finals event would finish in a shorter time period. The 6-minute limit was quickly adopted at preliminaries.[13]

In 1990, when the event was known as the International Breakdance Cup,[14] there were only shows and no battles. From 1991-1996, there were battles resulting in a crowned champion, but no "Best Show" award was given.

Media[edit]

An official DVD documenting the event is usually released a few months after the tournament. It is a perennial best seller on breaking and hip-hop media retail web sites.

Several documentaries have been produced based on the competition, including the 2007 feature-length documentary Planet B-Boy. The film premiered at the 2007 TriBeCa Film Festival[15] and was released on DVD on November 11, 2008.

A movie based on this competition, called Battle of the Year, was released on September 20, 2013. The film was directed by Benson Lee, who produced Planet B-Boy, and featured famous artist Chris Brown in the primary role.[16]

On occasion with the annual competition, a CD/LP titled "The Official Battle Of The Year Motion Soundtrack" is released. It features some of the leading B-Boy Funk artists such as DJ Nas'D, Def Cut, Cutmaster GB, and DJ Phantom.

References[edit]

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