India continues to rule the roost in Kabbadi with a thrilling performance by winning twin golds both in Men and Women events, at the 17th Asian Games in ncheon today.
Indian women’s team clinched Gold medal in the Kabaddi event to continue their dominance in the discipline at the Asian Games, here today. India defeated Iran 31-21 in the final of the event at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium.
We have a strong team. We worked really hard. We knew that it will be a tough battle with Iran as they are not weak. They have good height and stamina, so we planned accordingly for that, Indian skipper Tejaswani Bai told reporter in post match conference.
India thus maintained their supremacy in women’s kabaddi, which made its Asiad debut in the previous edition in Guangzhou. In today’s match, the Indians were slow off the blocks but clawed back with utmost ease showing just why they are considered the powerhouse of the sport.
Against the very determined Iranians, India led the first half 15-11 before completely dominating the second half to seal the issue. The Indians managed get the entire opposition declared out twice in the match, which gave them four ‘lona’ points — a feat that Iran failed to do even once.
In the end, India were too strong and technically sound for the Iranians to beat despite their determination. Nonetheless, it was an improvement for Iran on the podium as they had won a bronze in the previous edition.
Later, Indian captain Tejaswini Bai said her team members were expecting a tough final against Iran after they saw the latter perform in the earlier stages.
‘We knew we might face them in the final. They are a very aggressive side and we wanted to keep a big lead right through. We succeeded in our gameplan,’ said Tejaswini.
‘We had a good combination of seniors and juniors and had trained well. But women’s Kabaddi is growing in standard and we had to fight harder than what we did in Guangzhou,’ she added.
India’s coach Edachery Baskaran praised Iran and said ‘they are a very good team.’
‘But our team was well prepared for their aggression. We succeeded in our strategy. In offence Tejaswini and Mamatha, both Arjuna awardees, played very well and in defense Priyanka and Kishori Shinde caught the eye,’ he said.
Indian men’s Kabaddi team was equally impresive as it bagged its seventh successive Gold medal at the Asian Games after coming from behind to humble Iran 27-25 in a nerve-racking summit clash here.
India, which has been winning gold ever since the sport was introduced on the Asiad in 1990, was given a massive scare by energetic Iran at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium.
The Iranians displayed a superb performance in the match as they were leading since the Indians edge past in the closing few minutes of the match. India managed to take a lead only in the 37th minute of the match.
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