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Tokyo Olympics 2020: CA Bhavani Devi out of Women's Fencing Sabre event

India's CA Bhavani Devi was eliminated from the women's fencing sabre event after she was defeated in the table of 32 by world number 3 Manon Brunet of France. 

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Tokyo, First Published Jul 26, 2021, 8:02 AM IST
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India's CA Bhavani Devi was eliminated from the women's fencing sabre event after she was defeated in the table of 32 by world number 3 Manon Brunet of France. 

Brunet won the bout 15-7. 

Bhavani, playing in the Olympics for the first time, gave a tough fight to a much higher seeded French player than her before losing. She managed to gain 7 points despite going down 11-2 at one time but could not avoid the defeat.

Earlier in the day, Bhavani Devi registered a one-sided victory in the table of 64. 

CA Bhavani Devi registered a comfortable 15-3 win over Tunisia's Nadia Ben Azizi in Table-64.

Nevertheless, the day was a historic one for India. This is the first time India competed in fencing in the Olympics, a discipline that has featured at the Summer Games since 1896.

In sabre, the 'right of way' rule is used to determine which fencer gets awarded the points in case of both the athletes registering a touch. Under this rule, priority is given to the fencer who initiates the attack. The Sabre event is played in two periods with a break when the first fencer reaches eight points.

Ranked world number 45, the fencer from Chennai had qualified for Tokyo Olympics by securing one of the two spots available for Asia-Oceania through the Adjusted Official Ranking method at the Fencing World Cup in Budapest in March.

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