Friday, November 26, 2010

Asian Games: India beat Iran to win record 6th kabaddi gold

India beat Iran to win 6th Asiad kabaddi gold
Indian players pose for the shutterbugs as they celebrate their victory over Japan in the semifinal of men's kabaddi during the 16th Asian Games at Nansha Gymnasium in Guangzhou. (PTI Photo)
NEW DELHI: Indian men's kabaddi team continued their golden run by winning record sixth Asiad kabaddi gold after beating Iran 37-20 in the finals. 

With the addition of this gold medal, India have so far won 12 golds, 15 silvers and 32 bronze medals at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Friday. 

The indomitable Indian kabaddi team dished out a brilliant performance right from the start as they outwitted their opponents to take a convincing lead of 24-3 at the lemon-break. 

However the Iranians bounced back strongly in the latter half and fetched some crucial points to reduce the margin. 

In the semifinals on Thursday, Indian men registered a convincing win over Japan. India did not let Japan score much in the game with the final score read as 52-17. 

Earlier in the day, the Indian women fashioned a comprehensive 28-14 victory over Thailand to clinch the inaugural women's kabaddi gold of the Asian Games. 

The Indian women led 17-7 at half-time after Thailand failed to secure a single lona against India's two. The Indian women team also got a couple of bonus points in the opening half. 

The second half followed a similar script and India once again dominated by securing a couple of lonas and getting 20 outs to emerge triumphant.

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