Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar Wins First Gold Medal in Bridge for India at Asian Games 2018, Helps India Level Gold Medal Tally of 1951 Asiad!
Bridge Men's pair of Pranab Bardhan & Shibnath Dey Sarkar (Photo Credits: Twitter)

On Day 14 of Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games, India's Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar have clinched a Gold Medal in the men’s pair in Bridge, taking Indian gold medal tally to 15. Till now India has won 15 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze medals in Asian Games 2018. This is the best performance of India in The Asian games since its inauguration in 1951. Asian Games Medal Tally 2018: India Wins First Gold in Bridge Event, India Surpasses 2014 Asiad Total Medal Count in Countrywise Table at Jakarta Palembang.

India has already won two bronze medal in the debut sport of bridge. The men’s team and mixed team had ensured India of two medals after making to the semi-finals on August 25. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded their performance.

The mixed team, comprising Kiran Nadar, Satyanarayana Bachiraju, Hema Deora, Gopinath Manna, Himani Khandelwal and Rajeev Khandelwal, lost to Thailand in their semi-final match. In another semifinal, the men's team of Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumder, Raju Tolani and Ajay Khare, fell against Singapore in the semi-finals.

On Saturday, Pranab and Shibnath scripted history and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sports Minister of India was gushing over with joy and pride on their success. He tweeted, "INDIA HITS A GOLD AGAIN! India goes for GOLD again! Kudos to our Bridge Men's pair of Pranab Bardhan & Shibnath Dey Sarkar for bagging India's 15th GOLD at the #AsianGames2018. Good Job Guys! The country salutes your achievement 🇮🇳✌🏻🎉 #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames."

Earlier in the day, Indian boxer Amit Panghal clinched gold in the men's light fly (49kg) boxing competition at the 2018 Asian Games here on Saturday. The 22-year-old defeated Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov by a split decision in the final.