India brought the curtains down on their campaign in the 17th Asian Games, maintaining their domination of kabaddi with two gold medals as the country rose a rung to eighth in the overall standings on the penultimate day of competitions here on Friday.
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Men's kabaddi team bags 7th successive Asiad gold
Defending champions India staged a late comeback to edge Iran 27-25 in the men's kabaddi final to retain their gold medal at the 17th Asian Games here Friday.
The Iranian team rode on its athleticism, speed and agility to give a scare to the much-vaunted Indian team, who were complacent for the most part of the match at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium.
But the Indians utilised their experience and kept calm to give the country its 11th yellow metal in the Incheon Asiad, moving up to sixth place in the standings.
Five-time world champions India, with a starting line-up of Rakesh Kumar, Jasvir Singh, Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar, Navneet Gautam, Gurpreet Singh and Ajay Thakur, took things too lightly initially.
Iran, the silver medallist in the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad, surged to a 16-7 lead till the 14th minute when Indian skipper Rakesh managed three points to reduce the deficit to six points.
But Iran, who played without fear, got two 'lona' points to open a 21-13 lead at the end of 20 minutes.
Indian raiders - Thakur, Jasvir - raided too deep which led to their downfall.
Iran ousted 18 Indians in the first half as compared to 11 managed by the Indians. It looked like the western Asian country were on the verge of notching the biggest upset of the Games.
But as soon as the second half started, India showed their class and quality to equalise within five minutes.
India made some strategic changes and rested veteran defenders Gautam and Gurpreet and all-rounder Manjeet, with youngsters Subramaniam Rajguru, Surjeet Kumar and Nitin Madane brought in, which made the team quick and fresh.
But India suffered a big setback when skipper Rakesh was trapped and thrown on the side lane, which left him injured and also kept him out for the next eight minutes.
Iran again found its rhythm and went ahead 24-21.
However, India refused to give up and received a major boost when Jasvir collected two points on a raid while the defence came to the fore, bundling out three Iranians at the end.
In the second half, India ousted 12 Iranians and seized two 'lona' points while their opponent scored three points by knocking the Indians out and with the help of one more bonus point, they managed just four points in the second half.
Earlier in the day, Indian women's kabaddi team won the gold medal for the second consecutive time and with the men's team triumph, India's overall tally in the discipline in the continental Games, swelled to nine.
The two gold medals in kabaddi Friday helped India jump two places in the medal standings with 57 medals (11 gold, nine silver, 37 bronze).
Men's Kabaddi final updates:
10:15 IST: GOLD FOR INDIA!
What a stunning comeback from the Indian men after trailing at half-time. They take the gold medal beating Iran 27-27. That's the 7th consecutive Asiad gold for India.
10:13 IST: Gholamabbas Korouki is tackled with 2 minutes to go; INDIA 26-24 IRAN
10:09 IST: India lead for the first time in this match. 25-24. What a tense affair! Two and half minutes left in this final...
10:08 IST: 24-24 now!
09:57 IST: 8 consecutive points to India to make it 21-21. Can India complete the comeback?
9:40 IST: India trailing 13-21 at half-time against Iran. Is a huge upset on the cards?
Iran's Hengameh Bourghanifarahani (below), red jersey, tries to score a point as India'steam defend at the women's team Kabaddi gold medal match:
08:43 IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates the women's kabaddi team on winning gold.
The Indian Women's Kabaddi team has made us very proud. I congratulate them on winning the Gold. A phenomenal accomplishment!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 3, 2014
Indian women's team win gold in kabaddi
The Indian women's kabaddi team beat Iran in the final to clinch the gold medal. India beat Iran 31-21 Songdo Global University Gymnasium to continue their dominance in the discipline at the Asiad. India won the gold in Guangzhou, four years ago -- the first time women's kabaddi was introduced in the Asiad. The men's team have won all the six previous gold medals on offer at the Games.
Day 13 roundup
The Indian men's hockey team regained the gold medal after a gap of 16 years while the women's 4x400m relay team also picked up a yellow metal as India added four medals to jump to the ninth position in the overall standings in the 17th Asian Games here on Thursday.
The men's hockey players hogged the spotlight with the thrilling victory over arch-rivals Pakistan to ensure a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The women 4x400m relay team, comprising Priyanka Panwar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and M R Poovamma, then added to the euphoria by clinching the gold medal with the Asian Games record timing. Boxers Satish Kumar (+91kg) and Vikas Krishnan (75kg) contributed to the medal collection as they settled for bronze medals on a relatively good day for the Indians.
With the addition of four medals, India, overnight at 11th position, jumped to the ninth spot with a total haul of 54 -- 9 gold, 9 silver and 36 bronze. Powerhouse China maintained their supremacy with a tally of 321 medals followed by South Korea (211) and Japan (184). India also kept themselves on course for the gold medals in men's and women's kabaddi after making it to the finals.
A spirited Indian team prevailed over arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan 4-2 in a nerve-wracking shoot-out to end its 16-year gold medal draught. The last time India had won a gold medal in Asian Games was in Bangkok in 1998. It turned out to be a humdinger of a contest between the two sub-continental foes as both India and Pakistan refused to give an inch to each other in the entire 60 minutes of a keenly contested tussle.
It took a shoot-out to determine the winner as both the teams were locked 1-1 in the regulation time of the summit clash at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium. Pakistan started brightly and broke the deadlock as early as the third minute of the match through Muhammad Rizwan Sr before Kothajit Singh (27th) equalised for India in the second quarter. The two teams continued their battle after change of ends but failed to breach the rival citadels inspite of creating numerous scoring chances, forcing the match into the shoot-off.
In the one-on-one shoot-off situation, Akashdeep Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra and Dhramvir Singh scored for India, while Manpreet Singh turned out to be the fall guy. But all credit to Indian custodian and vice-captain P R Sreejesh, who produced breathtaking saves in the shoot-off to deny Pakistan's Abdul Haseem Khan and Muhammad Umar Butta. Muhammad Waqas and Shafqat Rasool scored the goals for Pakistan.
In athletics, India continued their stranglehold in women's 4x400m relay event in the Asian Games as its quartet ran a brilliant race to win the gold for the fourth time on the trot in Games record time. The Indian quartet won an easy race in 3:28.68 to improve upon the earlier Games record of 3:29.02 which was also in the name of the gold-winning Indian team in 2010. This was the second gold for India from athletics after Seema Punia bagged the yellow metal in women's discus throw.
Japan won the silver in 3:30.80 while China bagged the bronze in 3:32.02. This was the fourth time India has bagged gold in women's 4x400m relay in Asian Games as the country has been winning the event since the 2002 Busan Games. India also collected two bronze from the boxing ring through Vikash Krishan and Satish Kumar as they lost their semi-final bouts against respective opponents.
Vikas, a gold medallist in the last edition in Guangzhou, lost against current World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan by split verdict of 2-1 in the middleweight (75 kg) category. Satish, on the other hand was no match for 6ft 9 inch Kazakh giant Ivan Dychko, who won with a clear 3-0 verdict in all the rounds. India's performance graph deteriorated from the last edition in Guangzhou, where they won nine medals including two gold medals, three silver and four bronze medals.
This time it was gold from the legendary MC Mary Kom and four bronze medals won by L Sarita Devi, Pooja Rani, Vikas and Satish. In a sport which India has dominated since its introduction in the Asian Games, India stayed on course for double gold in kabaddi as the sport's powerhouse stormed into the finals of both men and women's events respectively. Chasing an unprecedented eighth yellow metal in the mega-event, the Indian men defeated South Korea 36-25 in the semi-final to cruise into yet another final.
India had earlier beaten Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand to top Group A with an all-win record. Indian men have won the kabaddi gold in each edition since the sport was added in the 1990 Games.
The Indian women's kabaddi team recorded a comprehensive 41-28 victory over Thailand in the semifinals and stormed into the title clash with a lot of confidence while ensuring at least a silver medal. It turned out to be a mixed day for Indian volleyball teams as the men's team defeated Thailand 3-1 in the 5th-8th place classification match after the women suffered a 0-3 reverse to Hong Kong to finish 8th in the competition today.
In table tennis also, Indian players had a bad outing with the likes of Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra bowing out of the Games after suffering defeats in the men and women's singles round of 16 matches, respectively. India's taekwondo players had another bad day in office as none among the men and women in fray could make it to the medal round. Saurav lost in the men's 63kg quarterfinal to Afghanistan's Abasi Ahmad Roman's 4-5. In the round of 16, Saurav had beaten Sujan Joshi 8-5 at Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium.