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India at Tokyo Olympics: Bhavani Devi bows out following a historic win

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi made history today morning at the Tokyo Olympics as she secured the first-ever win in fencing for India at the Olympics.

Bhavani, who had earlier become the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics, went up against Ben Azizi of Tunisia in the Table of 64. The Indian produced a dominant performance in the matchup and took home the win with a score of 15-3 which scripted history for the nation.

The Olympic run of Bhavani, however, came to an end in the next round when she locked horns with fourth seed M Brunet of France in the table of 32. Despite going up against a ranked opponent, Bhavani managed to deliver a solid performance and only went down with a score of 15-7 which in turn ended her campaign at the Olympics.

Hailing from Chennai, Bhavani had started her fencing journey from her school days itself and used to practice with bamboo sticks before getting her hands on the fencing equipment.

Bhavani qualified for the Olympics through the Adjusted Official Ranking Method. Two Individual spots were up for grabs for the Asia and Oceania region based on World Rankings back in April 2021 and Bhavani was occupying one of these top two slots based on her World Ranking of 45 at that time. She is an eight-time national champion and has made her mark in the Asian Championship as well.

Bhavani was the lone representative of India in fencing at the Olympics as well. What do you think of the performance of Bhavani? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.


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