Bhavani Devi, Indian fencer struck gold in the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship at Reykjavik (Iceland). Bhavani Devi, who hails from Chennai, defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Jane Hampson 15-13.
This made her the first Indian to win a Gold Medal in the international fencing competition where earlier she had won a Silver medal making her to enter into the record books.
Fencing is not a sport that finds sponsors in India unlike other sports. Bhavani Devi trains at Sports Authority of India in Thalassery.
Earlier, she defeated Jessica Corby 15-11 in the semifinal.
“This is my third time in this competition. I have lost in quarterfinals in previous years. Now I have won my first medal. It is also the first medal in world level competition as I have won medals in Asian and Commonwealth championships,” said, the visibly elated Bhavani Devi.