Reykjavik, May 30: India’s Bhavani Devi has become the first Indian sabre fencer to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. Notably, Bhavani Devi bagged the gold medal in the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland.
In the summit clash of the tournament, Bhavani Devi defeated Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain. Bhavani right from the start in the final clash was playing aggressively but her competitor Sarah did a strong comeback at every interval but it was Indian who clinched the gold medal.
Bhavani Devi, who hails from Chennai earlier in the tournament defeated another British fencer Jessica Corby 15-11 in the semifinal to enter into the finals to compete with Sarah. However, with her victory in the final, Bhavani Devi becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event.
Bhavani previously won a silver medal in a satellite event. She now trains at the Sports Authority of India centre at Thalassery. Bhavani at the post-match ceremony said, “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.” 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.