India's Bhavani Devi, on Monday, bagged a historic bronze medal in women's individual sabre at the 2023 Asian Fencing Championships. This is India's first-ever medal in the continental event.
The 29-year-old lost 14-15 in a hard fought semifinal to Uzbekistan's Zaynab Dayibekova to settle for a joint bronze medal alongside China's Yang Hengyu.
"It is a very proud day for Indian fencing. Bhavani has achieved what no one could achieve before. She is first Indian fencer to win a medal at the prestigious Asian Championships. On behalf of the entire fencing fraternity, I congratulate her and hope she brings back gold," said the secretary of Fencing Association of India Rajeev Mehta on the historic achievement.
Earlier, Bhavani Devi had defeated world number 1 and reigning world champion Misaki Emura 15-10 in the quarterfinals advance further in the competition following a 15-11 win over third seed Ozaki Seri.