I am sorry: A disheartened Bhavani Devi laments after getting knocked out of the Olympics


CA Bhavani Devi has already made history by etching her name in the history books as the first Indian fencer to win a match at the Olympics, but her debut at Tokyo 2020 had only lasted two games and she has followed up with an apology.

In the early hours of Monday, Bhavani Devi became the first ever fencer from the country to win at the Olympics, defeating Nadia Ben Azizi of Tunisia with a dominating 15-3 performance in the Round of 64.

However, the 27-year-old couldn’t hold her ground Manon Brunet, the fencer who had made it to the semifinals at the Rio Olympic Games five years ago and succumbed to a 7-15 loss at the hands of the Frenchwoman in the Round of 32.

After her Tokyo Olympics campaign came to an end after two matches, Devi took to Twitter to open up on her feelings and acknowledged that she did the best in her highest endeavours against Brunet and apologised.

“It was Excitement & Emotional. I won the First Match 15/3 against Nadia Azizi and become the First INDIAN Fencing Player to win a Match at Olympic but 2nd Match I lost 7/15 against world top 3 player Manon Brunet. I did my level best but couldn’t win. I am sorry,” Devi tweeted.

Now, looking forward into the future, the 27-year-old from Chennai hopes to make a stronger comeback in the next Olympics in France to secure a medal as well as showed gratitude to those who supported her.

“Every end has a beginning, I will continue my practice and definitely work hard to win a medal at the next Olympics in France and make my country proud. I want to thank each one of you who stood by me,” she added.

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