Swordsman's winning return
Gaurav participated in the XXI Indian Senior National Fencing Championships, which took place in Hyderabad on the southeastern coast of India over 6–19 January 2011.
He has previously been India’s number one in 2009 but in 2010 achieved a still respectable second place. In the finals this year, he faced Vijay Kumar once again but with a different outcome and returned to the number one spot.
This qualifies him for the Junior and Senior World Championships later this year and takes him closer to his Olympic dream.
Inspired by his achievement, Gaurav is determined to push harder:
Below is the video of Gaurav and Vijay battling it out in the finals.
Incidentally, Gaurav is not the first successful fencer associated with the University of Leicester. Edgar, Lord Adrian, who was our very first Chancellor from 1957 through to 1971, was also a dab-hand with a sword in his younger days. The archives of the National Fencing Museum reveal that he won the Public Schools Foil Championship in 1908 and went on to represent Cambridge in the inter-university competition of 1912.