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Iranian Men, Women Win Gold In Kabaddi At Asian Games


Jafarikoochi Saeideh (right) and Karami Khatouban Fatemeh of Iran celebrate after defeating India during the women's kabaddi final at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on August 24.

Iran has won both the men's and women’s kabaddi title at the Asian Games in Jakarta.

Tehran's women's team defeated India 27-24 on August 24, one day after the Iranian men’s team stunned India by defeating the seven-time champion in the semifinals.

Late on the same day, the Iranian men’s team put an even more convincing end to India's dominance in the sport by clinching a gold medal with a lopsided 26-16 victory over South Korea in the final game of the event.

Kabaddi is a sport that combines aspects of tag and tackle with wrestling moves.

It has long been dominated by India.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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