Fencer Bhavani Devi Loses In Cairo World Championships
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Cairo: India’s top-ranked fencer Bhavani Devi bowed out in the second round of senior women’s individual Sabre event at the Fencing World Championships here on Wednesday. Bhavani gave a tough fight to her German opponent Larissa Eifler before going down 12-15. The 28-year-old from Chennai made history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to compete in the sport at the Games. Bhavani, currently ranked 39th in the world, had defeated Gabriella Page of Canada 15-14 in her opening round match. At the Tokyo Olympics, she won her round of 64 match 15-3 against Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi before going down to eventual bronze-medalist, Manon Brunet of France in the round of 32.

Bhavani, who has won three Asian medals, had claimed the Charlellville National Competition in France in October last year.