India failed to win the coveted gold in women’s kabaddi after going down 24-27 in the finals at the ongoing edition of the Asian Games 2018 on Friday. The two-time defending champions had to settle for silver, its first at the Asian Games. It was Iran’s first ever gold medal in Kabaddi. Also Read - Jinson Johnson Betters Own 1500m National Record by Winning Silver in Berlin, Qualifies for World Championships
India’s raiders disappointed in the title clash as Iran came from behind to jolt them in the second half. Payel and Sonali were effective with their raids while the defenders also handled the tackles well as the Indians raced to a 7-3 lead. Also Read - Indian Mixed Relay Team of Hima Das, Mohammad Anas, Arokia Rajiv, MR Poovamma in Line to Win Asian Games Gold Medal After One Year
The most dangerous looking Iranian was Azadeh Saidisiahbidi but she was forced out after a successful tackle. Randeep Kaur went for a raid after Iran’s two-point raid but she was unsuccessful as Iran gradually reduced the deficit to 6-7. Randeep though made amends in the next attempt with a two-point raid, pushing India ahead 13-8. Also Read - Six-Toed Heptathlete And Asian Games Gold Medallist Swapna Burman Receives Customised Footwear From Adidas
Azadeh touched out Ritu and Manpreet and captain Payel was caught by the Iranian defenders as India led 13-11 at the of first half.
Iran scored six points in a row to race to a 17-13 lead with an all out. With just two minutes to go, Sakshi Kumari earned two points with a successful raid to make it 24-25 but Iranians held their nerves to prevail.
The Indian women’s team had entered the finals with a dominating 27-14 win over Chinese Taipei in their last-four clash. India had topped Group A to qualify for the semifinals. The women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54- 22 in their final group match. The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.
The Indian women’s team had won the gold medal in the last two editions of the Asian Games in 2014 (Incheon) and 2010 (Guangzhou), the year in which the sport was introduced at the Games. India had won the World Cup thrice in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Yesterday in men’s kabaddi, India had suffered a shocking defeat against Iran and had to settle for bronze. Seven-time champions India were downed 18-27 by ever-improving Iran in the semifinals and it will be the first time that they will not be part of the Asiad final since the sport’s introduction in 1990.
With the medal win, India’s medal count has gone up to 24. So far, the Indian contingent has won 6 gold, f silver, and 13 bronze medals and is currently placed at seventh spot in the medals tally.
Asian Games 2018 Medal Tally (Till Now)
(With PTI inputs)