Fencer CA Bhavani Devi creates history at Tokyo Olympics before crashing out

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CA Bhavani Devi in action at the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo: CA Bhavani Devi created history at the Tokyo Olympics as she won India’s first-ever fencing encounter at the Summer Games before crashing out in the Round of 32 on Monday. The 27-year-old became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics.

Competing in the women’s individual sabre event, Bhavani Devi started in style with a thumping 15-3 win over Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi at the Makuhari Messe Hall. The Chennai girl began thoughtfully. Although Nadia initiated attacks initially, Bhavani Devi rarely allowed the Tunisian to build on the ‘right of way’ as she pinned her opponent time after time.

Ranked 42nd in the world, Bhavani Devi, whose defense had been her strong suit, easily negated World No. 423 Nadia’s advances with some top-quality counter-attacks, known in the fencing as a riposte, to claim the victory.

However, against France’s Manon Brunet, Bhavani Devi failed to continue her momentum losing 7-15. The Frenchwoman dominated all through the tie as she raced to an 8-2 lead in the first half. Although Bhavani Devi put a fight in the last moments of the game but it was too late by then to make a comeback.

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