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 on Friday.
The two gold medals provided the final flourish for India at the Games, which can be considered a disappointment for the country given that the overall medal count went down in this edition.
Although the women’s team won their match against Iran quite comfortably, it was not a cakewalk for the men’s team which literally overcame a scare before notching up their seventh successive gold medal in the event.
With two gold medals coming today, India were placed eighth on the table with a total haul of 57 medals — 11 gold, nine silver and 37 bronze. China continued to be at the top with an impressive haul of 329 (145-103-81) followed by hosts South Korea 222 (75-70-77) and Japan 190 (46-72-72).
The medal collection was well below India’s expectation as they had managed a haul of 65 — 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze — in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou.
With no Indian participation on the last day of competitions on Saturday, the country’s overall standing can change depending on others’ performance.