Fencer Bhavani Devi wins ninth National crown.

20 March 2021, 2:30:00 pm

Fencer Bhavani Devi wins ninth National crown.

CHENNAI: Bhavani Devi, India’s first fencer to qualify for the Olympic
Games in Tokyo, won her ninth title at the 31st Senior National fencing
championships at Uttarakhand on Saturday evening.
In the women’s sabre final, the 27-year-old from Tamil Nadu beat Kerala’s
Joshna Joseph 15-7 to win the title. In the semifinal stage of the
competition, Bhavani dominated K Anitha for a 15-4 verdict.

Fencer Bhavani Devi makes history, qualifies for Olympics

15 March 2021, 2:30:00 am

Fencer Bhavani Devi makes history, qualifies for Olympics

For an Indian to dream of cracking those highest of echelons of Olympic sport - when equipment is niche, coaching is specialised, the sport isn't particularly easy to just lace up shoes and pick up - this qualification points to Bhavani's individual endeavour and her blazing ambition.

'Finally, I feel free': Bhavani Devi on becoming the first Indian fencer ever to qualify for Olympics

14 March 2021, 1:30:00 am

'Finally, I feel free': Bhavani Devi on becoming the first Indian fencer ever to qualify for Olympics

"Finally, I feel free." That was what Bhavani Devi said she felt after becoming the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics.

For the sabre fencer to win a berth, South Korea needed to finish in the top four of the team event of the World Cup in Budapest, which would automatically earn them a Tokyo qualification, allowing her to claim one of two individual spots reserved for Asia & Oceania via Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR).

Bhavani Devi scripts history, becomes the first Indian fencer to qualify for an Olympics.

14 March 2021, 2:30:00 pm

Bhavani Devi scripts history, becomes the first Indian fencer to qualify for an Olympics.

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu's CA Bhavani Devi has become the first-ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The sabre fencer secured a spot in the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing South Korea to progress to the semi-final.

Bhavani Devi qualifies through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.

Fencer Bhavani Devi eyes return to Italy.

16 September 2020, 5:36:00 am

Fencer Bhavani Devi eyes return to Italy.

For the last few months, two things have been a constant companion for fencer, her dummy sparring partner which she created during the lockdown and the mobile phone she uses to get online classes from her Italian coach Nicola Zanotti.

Bhavani Devi: Living by her sword

7 September 2020, 3:30:00 am

Bhavani Devi: Living by her sword

Two quick steps - almost a dance - and then the lightning lunge. The tip of Bhavani Devi’s sword plunged into Sarah Jane. A red light flashed; the winning hit is scored. Bhavani pumped her fists and let out a roar. She removed her mask and walked away - she had just become the first Indian fencer to win an international tournament. The big moment came and quietly slipped past Bhavani in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2017. There was no fanfare; no teammate or coach by her side. Just Bhavani and her sword.

Bhavani Devi piques young fencers' interest in sport

10 May 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Bhavani Devi piques young fencers' interest in sport

Quite a few excited young fencers and some coaches asked questions to Bhavani during the videoconference organised by the Fencing Association of India and SAI

Bhavani Devi: Women need to be strong mentally

17 June 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Bhavani Devi: Women need to be strong mentally

I take this period as an important one to analyse my game and myself better. I had back pain a few months ago, so will take this period to recover well.

Fencer CA Bhavani Devi passes time with movies amid Tokyo Olympics setback

25 March 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Fencer CA Bhavani Devi passes time with movies amid Tokyo Olympics setback

For a fencer with minimal support, embarking on the whole process again after being on the cusp is no mean task.

Top fencer Bhavani Devi to start training from Thursday

18 August 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Top fencer Bhavani Devi to start training from Thursday

Since the lockdown in March, Bhavani has been doing footwork and target practice at her terrace, but was limited by space and poor flooring.

Back from Italy in nick of time, fencer Bhavani Devi does target practice with kitbag

10 May 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Back from Italy in nick of time, fencer Bhavani Devi does target practice with kitbag

Bhavani Devi has given fencing an identity in India and has won laurels at the international level through her hard work and determination.

Firstpost Masterclass: Face of fencing in India, Bhavani Devi breaks down nuances of her craft

24 August 2020, 6:30:00 pm

Firstpost Masterclass: Face of fencing in India, Bhavani Devi breaks down nuances of her craft

The face of fencing in India for the past few years, Bhavani Devi, took off the mesh mask to give us a glimpse behind it. In this edition of Firstpost Masterclass, she explains the nuances of the sport.

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