Palembang, Aug 20 India today assured itself of a maiden Asian Games medal in Sepak Takraw by progressing to the semifinals with a win over Iran, here.
India defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign.
They, however, lost to Indonesia 0-3 in the second match of the day in Men's Team Regu Preliminary Group B but advanced to the last-four stage and be guaranteed at least a bronze.
"It is a historic performance by India. It is the first time that India has won a medal in Sepak Takraw in the Asian Games," Sepak Takraw Federation of India secretary general Yogendra Singh Dahiya told PTI.
Sepak Takraw is a volleyball-style sport in which players use their feet, head, knees and chest to hit the ball across the net. They are not allowed to use their hands.
There are six teams in the Asiad competition with Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea clubbed in Group A, while India were drawn with Iran and Indonesia in group B.
India's win over Iran ensured their entry into the semifinals tomorrow. The other semifinalists are Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
The semifinalists are assured of a bronze.
In Women's Team Regu Preliminary Group A, India lost to Laos 1-2. They had lost to South Korea 0-3 in their opening match yesterday.