In Pics: Iran Women’s Kabaddi Team Lift Historic Gold in Asiad
The Iranian women’s kabaddi team defeated defending champions India in the 18th Asian Games.
The Iranian women’s kabaddi team defeated defending champions India in the 18th Asian Games.(Photo: AP)

In Pics: Iran Women’s Kabaddi Team Lift Historic Gold in Asiad

The Iranian women’s kabaddi team were overcome with emotion after defeating defending champions India in the 18th Asian Games on Friday, 24 August.

In a closely fought match, Iran got the better of the Indian women’s team, in a cat and mouse chase, at 27-24 points.

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Raider Saeideh Jafarikoochi surprises India with her deceptive raids.
Raider Saeideh Jafarikoochi surprises India with her deceptive raids.
(Photo: AP)

Raider Saeideh Jafarikoochi troubled the Indian defence with her deceptive raids as Iran gradually asserted their supremacy as the match wore on.

While the Indian defenders struggled to get their act together, the Iran attackers reaped rich rewards by repeatedly targeting the bonus line.

India’s Sonali Shingate gets caught  between Iranian defenders.
India’s Sonali Shingate gets caught between Iranian defenders.
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The confident Iranian defence looked in no hurry, as their well-timed tackles and strong holds reduced India to four members in the first half, taking out captain Payel Chowdhuri and first-choice raider Sonali Shingate to help maintain a steady lead.

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Iran’s Saeideh Jafarikoochi, in red, tries to stretch to the line.
Iran’s Saeideh Jafarikoochi, in red, tries to stretch to the line.
(Photo: AP)

The Indians tried to pull the tide back in their favour with continued attempts to chip away the three-point-lead, but efforts were foiled as the poor defence by the team continued to leak points.

Iranian women’s kabaddi team members tackle down an Indian raider.
Iranian women’s kabaddi team members tackle down an Indian raider.
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India’s Sakshi Kumari, in blue, is caught by Iran’s team during the women’s Kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
India’s Sakshi Kumari, in blue, is caught by Iran’s team during the women’s Kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
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Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Photo: AP)

The match was set up for a dramatic finish as Sakshi produced a three-point raid to bring the deficit to a single point and give India hope.

But Iran immediately hit back with a point in the very next raid, before an unsuccessful Indian raid in the final seconds killed the defending champion's hope of retaining their crown.

Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Photo: AP)
Jakarta: Iranian women’s kabaddi team celebrate their win over India in the finals at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.
Jakarta: Iranian women’s kabaddi team celebrate their win over India in the finals at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.
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Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Photo: AP)
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Photo: IANS)
The Iranian team ended the defending champion’s hope of retaining their crown.
The Iranian team ended the defending champion’s hope of retaining their crown.
(Photo: PTI)

This is the first time in history that the Asian Games will see a team other than India win the gold medal.

The Indians had won both the previous editions since women's kabaddi was included in the Asian Games programme at Guangzhou 2010.

Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Iran’s team, in red, react after defeating India in the women’s kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Photo: PTI)
Jakarta: India’s women’s kabaddi team after losing against Iran in the finals at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.
Jakarta: India’s women’s kabaddi team after losing against Iran in the finals at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.
(Photo: PTI)
The Indian women’s kabaddi team with their silver medal on the podium at the 2018 Asian Games.
The Indian women’s kabaddi team with their silver medal on the podium at the 2018 Asian Games.
(Photo: PTI)

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