Tokyo 2020: 'It was excitement and emotional', Bhavani Devi articulates her run at the Olympics

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jul 26, 2021, 12:30 PM(IST)

Tokyo Olympics: Fencing - Bhavani Devi Photograph:( Twitter )

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Bhavani Devi tweeted an emotional post for avid supporters after she was knocked out following a battle in her second match.

India got going Day 3 at the 2021 Olympics in style. Saber fencer Bhavani Devi scripted history by turning into the first Indian to win a bout in Fencing at the Olympics. 

A 9-time national champion entered the Round of 32 fixtures. Her strength against her Tunisian rival was incredible to watch.

But, she could not go past the round of 32. She was beaten by the World No. 3 Manon Brunet. She set up a bold presentation and dazzled numerous with her forceful gameplay. 

She easily won her initially round game 15-3 however staggered in the following. 

Past note-worthy accolades

She became the first Indian Fencer to win a Gold award at the International competition Satellite World Cup. She has won five awards at the International Satellite occasions to date. 

She is also the first Indian to win an Individual award at Asian U-23 titles in 2014 and 2015

And also the first-ever Indian Fencer to make it to the Top 16 at the International Fencing Federation World title.

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She introduced the sport to many Indians today and fought hard, but was unfortunately knocked out.

Bhavani Devi tweeted an emotional post for avid supporters after she was knocked out following a battle in her second match. She wrote, “Big day. It was upbeat and emotional. I won the first match 15/3 against Nadia Ajizi and became the first Indian fencing player to win a match at the Olympics, but I lost the second match 7/15 against Manon Brunet, the world’s top 3 player. I did my best but could not win. I apologise.”

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