CA Bhavani Devi on Monday, scripted history by defeating reigning World Champion Misaki Emura in the Asian Fencing Championship quarterfinal and securing India its first-ever medal at the event.
To advance to the women’s sabre semifinal, the Indian fencer defeated the top-ranked fencer in the world 15-10. Bhavani had lost each of her three matches against Misaki.
Bhavani, on the other hand, suffered a 15–14 loss in the semifinals to Zaynab Dayibekova of Uzbekistan, securing a bronze medal.
Earlier, the 29-year-old received a bye in round 64 before beating Dospay Karina of Kazakhstan in the Round of 32. She then went on to defeat the third seed Ozaki Seri 15-11 in the pre-quarterfinals.