Asian Games: Indian women lose kabaddi final for first time, Iran clinch gold

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 24, 2018, 02:42 PM(IST)

Indian women's kabaddi team. Photograph:( PTI )

Indian women's kabaddi team got outclassed by Iran in women's kabaddi final clash and settled for the silver medal on Friday at 2018 Asian Games.

The two-time defending champions were shocked 24-27 in a thrilling final.

In the first half, Payel and Sonali were effective with their raids while the defenders also contributed well as the Indians raced to a 7-3 lead.

The most dangerous looking Iranian was Azadeh Saidisiahbidi but she was forced out after a successful tackle.

Iran, however, continued their dominance and maintained their lead till the end.

In the concluding minutes, Sakshi Kumari earned two points with a successful raid to make it 24-25 but Iranians held their nerves to prevail.

The Iranian women emulated thus their male counterparts, who had shocked seven-time champions India in the semifinals yesterday.

India's sports minister took to Twitter to congratulate team India.

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