India at Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Bhavani Devi loses to Manon Brunet in Table of 32

Eight-time national champion Bhavani Devi, who made history by becoming the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Games, registered her first win at the marquee event early on Monday. She eventually lost to fourth-seeded Manon Brunet 7-15 in the Table of 32 match.

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Bhavani Devi’s Olympic campaign came to an end as she lost to fourth-seeded Manon Brunet of France 15-7 in the fencing women’s sabre second round at the Makuhari Messe Hall on Monday.

It was always going to be difficult for Bhavani against the Frenchwoman ranked third in the world. The 27-year-old Indian had lost all four previous encounters to Brunet.

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However, Bhavani wasn't overawed by the opponent and took the battle to Brunet with some wonderful riposte and attack. But the Frenchwoman, who had finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics, seemed to have all the answers.

At the turn, the score read 8-2, summing up the difference between the two. Bhavani showed her skills when she took a few points, charging and poking the sword on Brunet’s neck and torso, but it wasn't enough.

Earlier, Bhavani had put it across Tunisia’s Ben Azizi Nadia 15-3 in the first round.

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