Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: Indian women's team defeats Korea 42-20 in final to win gold medal
India clinched the gold medal at the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 in the women's section after defeating South Korea in the final on Sunday. The competition, which is being held in Gorgan, Iran saw the Indian side sail through the title comfortably, defeating the Koreans in the summit clash by a 42-20 margin.
The Indian side had been drawn against Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkmenistan and South Korea in the group stage and they eased through comfortably. Chinese Taipei were defeated 56-23 on Friday, while Thailand and Turkmenistan were vanquished by comfortable scorelines of 52-26 and 86-7 respectively. It has been confirmed that India defeated South Korea in the group stage but the information regarding the final score is still not clear.
In the semifinal, they faced off against neighbours Sri Lanka and won by a comfortable 47-17 margin. Korea, on the other hand, had defeated Iran 17-14 in the other semifinal match.
The final was a one-sided affair as India breezed to the win against the Koreans. Sayali Uday Jadhav, Sakshi Kumari, Kavita, Payel Chowdhury, Priyanka, Randeep Kaur and Abhilasha Mhatre started the game for India, with Mhatre leading the side.
At half-time, the scores stood at 19-12 but India stepped on the gas in the second half to blow away the opposition. The Koreans could only garner eight points in the second period as India ran riot and added 23 more to their total as the final scored stood at 42-20, giving India a 22-point win.
In the men's section, India too will face off against a side they have defeated in the group stages in the form of arch-rivals Pakistan. The men's team defeated Korea in a one-sided final to clinch a 45-29 win while Iran were upset by Pakistan in a last-minute thriller.