World Amazing Stuff: India win twin gold in Kabaddi men, women category

India win twin gold in Kabaddi men, women category

India bag kabaddi gold in men, women category in Asian Games 2014

The Indian men’s kabaddi team settled its seventh successive gold medal at the Asian Games 2014 after coming from behind to beat a spirited Iran 27-25 in the summit clash on 03/10/2014 Friday.

The Indian team, which has been winning gold ever since the sport was introduced on the Asiad roster in 1990, was given a massive scare by Iran, who had finished runners-up in the 2010 edition as well.

The Iranians took a massive 10-point lead in the first 20 minutes before the Indians got their act together to nullify the deficit and edge past in the closing few minutes of the match. In fact, the Indians managed to take a lead only in the 37th minute of the match.

The Indian women’s kabaddi team notched up its second successive gold medal at the Asian Games 2014, beating Iran 31-21 in the summit clash on 03/10/2014 Friday.

India thus maintained their supremacy in women’s kabaddi, which made its Asiad debut in the previous edition in Guangzhou. In Friday’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 was too strong and technically sounds 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.

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