26 March,2023 08:01 PM IST | Pune | PTI
Bhavani Devi (Pic Courtesy: AP)
Olympian Bhavani Devi bagged the gold medal in the women*s Individual Sabre category of the 33rd Senior National Fencing Championship at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Sunday.
It was a double delight for Bhavani Devi, as her team Tamil Nadu, also won the gold in the Women*s Sabre Team event, by outplaying Kerala 45-34 in the final.
In the women*s sabre individual category, Bhavani Devi, the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics, clinched her 11th national title after she outplayed V Sunny Alka of Kerala 15-9 in a pulsating summit clash.
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Bhavani Devi stormed into the final by prevailing over Punjab*s Jagmeet Kaur 15-11, while V Sunny Alka got the better of Haryana* Aakhiri in another semi-final by 15-9.
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Bhavani Devi got a walk-over in the round of 64 and then she defeated Ritu Prajapati 15-3 in a lop-sided contest in round of 32.
In the pre-quarters, Bhavani Devi stamped her authority as she outclassed Punjab*s Husanpreet Kaur 15-2. In the quarter-finals, Rishika Khajuria was once again no match for Bhavani Devi, who easily won by 15-7.
In the Senior Women*s Foil category, Kerala*s Radhika Awati won the gold medal, beating state-mate VP Kanagalakshmi 15-8.
Radhika had defeated Jammu and Kashmir*s Riya Bakshi 15-6 in the first semi-final, while Kanagalakshmi got the better of Manipur*s Mina Naorem 15-7 in the second semi-final.
In the women*s Sabre Team category, Tamil Nadu comprising Bhavani Devi, JS Jefarlin, M Tamil Selvi, M R Beni Quebha, won the gold medal after outclassing Kerala 45-34 in the final.
The Kerala team comprised Christy Jose Jona, Reesha Puthussary, S Sowmiya, V Sunny Alka.
Meanwhile, in the Men*s Foil Individual Category, Manipur*s Hemash Sanasam won the gold medal after he defeated Ismile Khan (SSCB) in the final 13-12, which went down the wire.
Sanasam had marched into the final after overcoming the challenge of Bihar*s Akash Kumar (15-13), while Ismile Khan, who ended as runner-up, made it to the summit clash by defeating Haryana*s Dev 15-14 in another semi-final.
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