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Senior National Fencing: Bhavani Devi snaps up 9th title

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Rudrapur: CA Bhavani Devi, the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games, snapped up her ninth title in the 31st Senior National Fencing Championships here on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu’s Bhavani easily defeated Jaspreet Kaur of Jammu and Kashmir 15-2 in her opening pool match in the women’s sabre individual competition at the Delhi Public School. She had to ward off a tough fight from Telangana’s Baby Reddy, eventually winning 15-14 to get through to the quarterfinals, where she trounced Jagmeet Kaur of Punjab 15-7.

In the semi-finals, Bhavani Devi dominated K Anitha for a 15-4 verdict. Late in the evening, she overcame Joshna Joseph (Kerala) 15-7 in the finals to grab the title and underline her class and form.

In the men’s sabre individual final, Kumaresan Padma Gisho Nidhi (Services) scored an upset victory over defending champion Karan Singh (Rajasthan).

Karan Singh had been in top form, even emerging as the best Indian male performer in the recent men’ sabre World Cup in Budapest. The 20-year-old player had scored a stunning 5-4 win over world No.19 Konstantin Lokhanov (Russia) on his way to the knockout stage. He couldn’t emulate that form, though, and will be disappointed to settle for silver at the nationals.

Avanti Radhika Prakash (Kerala) retained the women’s foil individual crown with a victory over Laishram Khusboorani (Manipur), a bronze medallist last time. Thoibi Wanglembam Devi, runner-up in New Delhi last year, and her Manipur teammate Phamdom Anita Chanu, took bronze medals.

Goa’s Chingakham Jetlee Singh, a bronze medal winner in the 2017 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships and a sixth-place finisher in the national championships last year, showed why he is rated as among the most talented Epee exponents with a victory over Rajendran Shanthimol Sherjin (Chhattisgarh) in the final.

Similarly, Arjun (Services) moved up from being a bronze medallist last time to winner of the Foil gold with a victory over K. Bebish while last year’s finalists, Thokchom Bicky (Services) and Harsh Raj (Bihar) had to settle for bronze medals this time after tasting defeats in the respective semi-finals.

The results (finals):

Women’s Foil Individual: 1. Avanti Radhika Prakash (Kerala); 2. Laishram Khusboorani (Manipur); 3. Phamdom Anita Chanu (Manipur) and Thoibi Wanglembam Devi (Manipur).

Men’s Sabre Individual: 1. Kumaresan Padma Gisho Nidhi (Services); 2. Karan Singh (Rajasthan); 3. Prince (Haryana) and Abhay Shinde (Maharashtra).

Men’s Foil Individual: 1. Arjun (Services); 2. Bibish Kathiresan (Tamil Nadu); 3. Harsh Raj (Bihar) and Thokchom Bicky (Services).

Men’s Epee Individual: 1. Chingakham Jetlee Singh (Goa); 2. Rajendran Shanthimol Sherjin (Chhattisgarh); 3. Pankaj Kumar Sharma (Services) and SN Siva Magesh (Chhattisgarh)

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