Tokyo Olympics: CA Bhavani Devi created history on Monday as she defeated Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi 15-3 on her Olympics debut to reach the Individual Sabre Round of 32.
- CA Bhavani Devi won her first Sabre Individual bout on Olympic
- The Indian fencer defeated Tunisia’s Nadia Azizi 15-3
- She will next face World No. 3 Manon Brunet of France
The first-ever fencer to represent India at the Olympics also became the first to win a bout at the Games as CA Bhavani Devi made a winning start to her historic Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 on Monday.
Bhavani Devi, 27, making her Games debut showcased nerves of steel as she was in complete control of her Women’s Sabre Individual Table of 64 bout, beating Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi 15-3. Despite a delay in the start to their bout, Bhavani Devi kept her composure and raced to an 8-0 lead. Yes, you read that right!
Bhavani Devi was looking solid and did not allow her lower-ranked opponent Azizi to get any momentum over the 2 rounds. Bhavani not only attacked with precision but also collected points when she was on the backfoot with some smart touches.
In Sabre fencing, a point is collected when a fencer touches the opponent above the waist or on the head with the edges or the tip of the Sabre. CA Bhavani Devi, seeded 29, faces a tough test in her Round of 32 bout as she takes on World No. 3 and 4th seed Manon Brunet of France. The bout will get underway from 7:30 am IST on Monday.