INCHEON, South Korea: Like 2010 in Guangzhou, Pakistan ended with a bronze medal in 17th Asian Games Kabbadi event after going down fighting against Iran by 25-14 margin in the semifinal at Songodo Gymnasium court on Thursday.
Pakistan players offered formidable Iranian team a great fight by playing a 9-9 draw in the first half.
However Iran team came very strongly in the second period to outclass Pakistan 16-5 to make it one-sided affair.
Like in the previous games, Nasir Ali led from the front with brilliant play as Pakistan gained 5-3 at the start of the match. Howeve Iran came from behind to draw level 9-all.
Iran proved too good for Pakistan as they kept their opponents under pressure with smart performance in the second half.
“Our best player Waseem could not come up to our expectations which put the team under pressure”, Captain Nasir said.
“Our start was good. But due to Waseem’s showing we outplayed by Iran team”, he added. However, he said they are happy to retain their bronze medal.
6-time gold medal winner India however faced a stiff challenge from host South Korea before storming in the final with 36-25 victory in the other semifinal.
Korean team battling hard lost the first half 12-14. But Indian team put up a far superior display to reach the final by winning the second session 22-13.