Fencing: Bhavani wins silver at Reykjavik tourney

The Tamil Nadu fencer went down 10-15 to USA’s Alexis Browne in the final. She had beaten Parede Torres 15-9 in the quarterfinal and followed it up by getting past Guila Arpino of Italy 15-10 in the semifinal.

C.A. Bhavani Devi (left) with the silver medal.   -  Twitter

India’s C A Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Tamil Nadu fencer went down 10-15 to USA’s Alexis Browne in the final. She had beaten Parede Torres 15-9 in the quarterfinal and followed it up by getting past Guila Arpino of Italy 15-10 in the semifinal.

Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament last year to become the first Indian win to do so in an international fencing event.

Bhavani said she should have done better this time, but vowed that she would come back stronger. Speaking to Sportstar, Bhavani said: "I was happy to be in the final again. My focus and control were fine like last year. The final saw me making unforced errors and there were a few lapses. I will now go back and analyse how I can improve in the coming months as competition in [Asian Games] Jakarta is bound to be fierce."

Bhavani is of the view that fencing is on the right track, but still has a long way to go. "I hope my medal brings more limelight to the game," she said.