Jakarta: Pranab Bardhan, 60, became the oldest man to win a gold medal at the 18th Asian Games as he and partner Shibhnath Sarkar finished first in the men’s pair event in bridge on Saturday. Bardhan and his 56-year old partner finished on top of all five rounds in Final 2 as they edged out China’s Lixin Yang and Gang Chen, in what is the game’s debut at the Asian Games.
The 60-year-old dedicated his medal to his grandchild and the rest of his family, calling it the happiest day of his life. Sarkar, who is a teacher at Jadavpur University, spoke about the moment they were on the podium and the national anthem played. “Words really cannot express what I am feeling right now. I am really, really happy and very, very proud. Seeing that Indian flag high up and hearing the national anthem play – it is really a proud moment for me,” he said. The gold medalists also said that this win will give a boost for bridge in India.