Services, Kerala retain team titles in national fencing
New Delhi: Services and Kerala retained the team titles in men's and women's section, respectively, in the 31st Senior National Fencing Championships that concluded at Uttarakhand's Rudrapur on Sunday.
Services fencers won all three team events -- foil, epee, and sabre. Kerala retained the women's overall title as they defeated Punjab 45-41 in sabre. The Manipur team won the foil and epee events.
On Saturday, Bhavani Devi won her ninth successive individual sabre title by defeating C. Jose Josna of Kerala 15-7. Kerala's V. Sunny Alka and K Anitha won the bronze medals.
In the individual epee final, Yashkeerat Kaur of Chandigarh was first while Tanishka of Haryana finished second. Sanasam Kiranbala Devi of Manipur and Kh. Ranggila Chanu of the Services was declared third.
Men's Foil: 1. Services (Bicky Thokchom, Arjun, Mohammed Ismile Khan, Laishram Tomba Singh); 2. Punjab; 3. Manipur and Odisha
Men's Epee: 1. Services (C.J. Guruprakash, B. Joseph, S. Penand Singh, Pankaj Kumar Sharma); 2. Odisha; 3. Goa and Manipur
Men's Sabre: 1. Services (Sagar Sahi, Kumaresan Padma Gisho Nidhi, Manpreet Singh, Gorakh Nath Yadav); 2. Punjab; 3. Maharashtra and Haryana
Women's Foil: 1. Manipur (N. Mona Devi, W. Thoibi Devi, Khusboo Rani, Ph. Anita Chanu); 2. Kerala; 3. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu
Women's Sabre: 1. Kerala; 2. Punjab; 3. Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir
Women's Epee: 1. Yashkeerat Kaur (Chandigarh); 2. Tanishka (Haryana); 3. Sanasam Kiranbala Devi (Manipur) and Kh. Ranggila Chanu (SSB)
Women's Sabre: 1. C.A. Bhavani Devi (Tamil Nadu); 2. C. Jose Josna (Kerala); 3. V Sunny Alka (Kerala) and K. Anitha (Kerala)