Tokyo 2020: Bhavani Devi creates history, wins India's 1st ever fencing match in Olympics
Bhavani Devi was in complete control as she showcased an exceptional game in the women's individual sabre in the Tokyo Olympics at Makuhari Messe B Hall Yellow Piste.
Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi, the first fencer to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics has made history by winning the game on Monday.
Bhavani Devi was in complete control as she showcased an exceptional game in the women's individual sabre in the Tokyo Olympics at Makuhari Messe B Hall Yellow Piste. The 27-year-old defeated Tunisia's Ben Azizi Nadia by 15-3 in 6 min 14 sec. Her official FIE rank is 42, while youngster Nadia was ranked 384. Despite a delay in the start, Bhavani kept her composure and raced to an 8-0 lead.
In Sabre fencing, a point is obtained when a fencer touches the opponent above the waist or on the head with the edges or the tip. The first fencer to reach 15 points over two rounds will be proclaimed the winner.
Big Day ????— C A Bhavani Devi (@IamBhavaniDevi) July 26, 2021
It was Excitement & Emotional.
I won the First Match 15/3 against Nadia Azizi and become the First INDIAN Fencing Player to win a Match at Olympic but 2nd Match I lost 7/15 against world top 3 player Manon Brunet. I did my level best but couldn't win.
I am sorry ???? ???????? pic.twitter.com/TNTtw7oLgO
Millions of indian, Special thanks to My Coach Nicola Zanotti, Mental Trainer Angelo Carnemolla and My Mother My Pillar of Strength who came all the way to Olympics watching me live & Motivating and Brothers, Sisters at home praying for me and People of Tamilnadu and Media Houses— C A Bhavani Devi (@IamBhavaniDevi) July 26, 2021
Bhavani didn't allow her opponent Azizi to get any momentum over the 2 rounds. She not only attacked with precision but also grabbed points when she was on the back foot. Nadia was not able to hold much in the second half, Bhavani seeded the 29th. She faced a tough test in her Round of 32 bouts as she took on World No. 3 and 4th seed Manon Brunet of France.