Bhavani Devi of India has made the country proud after securing the gold medal in a fencing championship held at Reykjavik. In doing so, she becomes the first Indian ever to have won a gold medal in an international fencing competition.
Delighted with her success, a beaming Bhavani told PTI from Reykjavik: “This is my third time in this competition. I have lost in quarterfinals in previous years. Now I have won my first medal. It is also the first medal in world level competition as I have won medals in Asian and Commonwealth championships.
“There were 26 participants from 8 countries in this event and the competition only got tougher from the quarterfinals stage.”
भारत की भवानी देवी अंतरराष्ट्रीय तलवारबाजी स्पर्धा में स्वर्ण पदक जीतने वाली पहली भारतीय बन गई हैं ! बहुत बहुत बधाई और शुभकामनाएं
Attributing her success to her current coach Nicola Zanetti, Bhavani said, “He knows me for a long time even when I wasn’t training with him. I trained with him for few months last year, and then from this March I have been working with him. We both share a great understanding with each other and he knows how to motivate or improve my game.”