Reykjavik (Iceland), May 29: Chennai-based C.A. Bhavani Devi has won the gold medal in the sabre event at the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik, Iceland.
In the final yesterday, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points, said a press note here. Bhavani Devi had beaten another British fencer, Jessica Corby 15-11 in the semifinal.
The release said Bhavani Devi became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. She had previously won a silver medal in a satellite event. She now trains at the Sports Authority of India Centre at Thalassery.
“This is my third time in this competition. I have lost in quarter finals in previous years. Now I have won my first medal. It is also the first medal in world level competition as I have won medals in Asian and Commonwealth championships,” said a delighted Bhavani.
The competition was tough from the quarterfinals onwards, she said and added that in the semifinal and final, the British fencers made her work very hard for victory.
“Credit to my family and coach. My family has been taking loans to ensure I compete in tournaments. Despite being added to the TN government’s Elite athletes’ scheme last year, through which I get paid back for event expenses, I don’t get reimbursed all the time. That’s when my family has to reach out. It would help if corporates sponsor us,” the 23-year-old was quoted as saying.