Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi, popularly known as CA, is an Indian fencer. On Monday (July 26), Bhavani Devi made history by being the first woman from her country to win an Olympic fencing competition. In the round of 64 matches, Bhavani defeated Tunisia’s Ben Azizi Nadia 15-3 in just 6 minutes and 14 seconds to become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic match.
However, India’s and Bhavani’s delight was short-lived as she fell in the round of 32 bouts against France’s Manon Brunet in the women’s individual saber here at Makuhari Messe B Hall Yellow Piste. After her defeat, history-maker Bhavani apologized to her Indian fans on social media.
“It was both exciting and emotional. I won the first match 15/3 over Nadia Azizi, becoming the first INDIAN fencing player to win a match in the Olympics, but I lost the second match 7/15 to world number 3 player Manon Brunet. I gave it my all but couldn’t win. “Please accept my apologies,” Bhavani wrote on Twitter.
Big Day 🤺
It was Excitement & Emotional.
I won the First Match 15/3 against Nadia Azizi and become the First INDIAN Fencing Player to win a Match at Olympic but 2nd Match I lost 7/15 against world top 3 player Manon Brunet. I did my level best but couldn't win.
I am sorry 🙏 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/TNTtw7oLgO
— C A Bhavani Devi (@IamBhavaniDevi) July 26, 2021
“Every end has a beginning, so I’ll keep practising and working hard to earn a medal in the next Olympics in France and make my country proud.” “I want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me,” he continued.
Bhavani went on to praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for their help in the run-up to the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Manon Brunet dominated Bhavani in both halves, defeating the Indian 15-7 and advancing to the round of 16. The duel began on a high note for the experienced French fourth seed, who outclassed the Indian fencer 8-2 in the first half.
Brunet’s momentum carried over into the second half, and she easily won the match. Bhavani attempted to avert the inevitable by fighting in the final moments of the game, but it was too late for FIE rated 42 to return to the battle. Brunet currently has a 4-1 advantage in the head-to-head against Bhavani.