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Kabaddi brings 3rd gold for India at Doha

India, the defending champions, did a clean job once again beating the arch-rivals Pakistan 35-23 at the Doha Asian Games.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 01:59 IST

Indian kabaddi's love for the gold goes on and on.

Against arch-rivals Pakistan, the defending champions —- and needless to say favourites — did a clean job once again beating the neighbours 35-23 at the biggest indoor dome in the world, the Aspire Hall Complex.

The Indians led 21-14 in the first half and never really looked in trouble. This was the country's fifth Games gold medal and coach P Uday Kumar was ecstatic. "We have a great team and the boys showed exactly why they are world-beaters. We never had any pressure going into the final."

He singled out Naveen Kumar and Rakesh Kumar for praise.

"The team came here confident of a medal. This win is for the country and we hope we keep repeating this performance in all our tournaments," said skipper Dinesh Kumar. The defending looked very impressive in the first session and did not allow their rivals to come back into the game.

Even though the Indians managed just four bonus points during the tense tussle against Pakistan's ten, the Indians were superior in their raiding skill.

While the coach praised only Naveen and Rakesh, captain Dinesh Kumar and Pankaj Shirsat also looked very impressive for the titleholders.