Jakarta: Indian women missed out on kabaddi gold as they went down narrowly in a pulsating final against Iran in the ongoing Asian Games on Friday.

It was heartbreak for India at Theatre Garuda arena as the nation lost 24-27.

After leading 13-11 at half-time, India were denied the gold by the opponents and by poor umpiring.

For the second day in running, India endured a defeat against Iran. Yesterday, the undisputed kings of Asiad kabaddi were handed a 18-27 semi-final loss by Iran.

For the first time in the history of Asian Games, Indian men have to return home without gold.

Today, the stage was set for the women to avenge men team’s defeat. But it was so near yet so far for them.

It was a nerve-wracking gold medal match with fortunes fluctuating and in the end Iran emerged on top and India had to be satisfied with silver.

Men’s team captain Ajay Thakur, who was cheering with his team-mates from the stands, was left in tears following the thrilling climax.

Earlier today, India won two gold (rowing and tennis) and three bronze (two in rowing and one in shooting).

So far, India has 24 medals and is placed seventh. It has won six gold, five silver and 13 bronze.