Asian Games Fencing | Bhavani Devi bows out, questions referee’s calls in quarterfinal loss

One win shy from a maiden Asian Games medal, Bhavani Devi managed three touches in the first period of the quarterfinals

September 26, 2023 10:19 pm | Updated September 27, 2023 01:22 pm IST

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi.

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi. | Photo Credit: X/@Media_SAI

Bhavani Devi registered an impressive series of five wins in the morning to enter the knockout stages of the women’s sabre individual fencing event before bowing out to local favourite Yaqi Shao 15-7 in the quarterfinals.

The Chinese, who has also been a training partner for Bhavani, won 15-7, racing to a 7-2 lead in the first period even before Bhavani could find her footing.

She questioned some of the early decisions from the referee, even challenging them early on.

“The one thing I have learnt is that I need to work on my speed and distance with different opponents, but admitted that she let the decisions affect her concentration, something she would work on in the coming competitions,” Bhavani said.

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