Indian women’s kabaddi team won the first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, beating Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash at Bien Dong Park.
The Indian women's kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008. Thailand team it was the fifth time in a row they had lost to India in a final, yet there was some consolation in that the 10-point margin was the closest they had got to the all-conquering Indians in the four previous gold medal matches.
The Indian women led 34-13 at halftime and extended their supremacy by adding another 27 points to Thailand's 15 in the second session to win the match easily.
India finished 20th in the overall medal tally in Asian Beach Games.
Earlier in women’s 70kg category kurash (a form of wrestling originated in Uzbekistan), Amisha Tokas had won a silver after losing to Nguyen Thi Lan of Vietnam in the final. In beach bodybuilding, India’s Manoj Kumar Majumdar also had won a bronze medal in upto 158cm category. So far, India has won six medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) in the Games and is at 15th spot in the medal table which is headed by hosts Vietnam (25 gold, 22 silver, 27 bronze). However, the Indian men's beach kabaddi team could won only the bronze (Gold is Iran) after losing to Pakistan 28-39 in the semifinals.