• Khun Ying Chodchoy Sophonpanich, 3rd from left, during the medal presentation ceremony.

No bridge too far for 74-year-old Chodchoy

sports August 28, 2018 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Khun Ying Chodchoy Sophonpanich became the oldest Thai medallist in Asian Games history, winning silver as her bridge mixed team lost to China in the final on Monday.

 At 74 years, one month and 26 days, Chodchoy is now the oldest Thai to win an Asiad medal, breaking the previous record of Praprut Chaithanasakun, who won a gold in English billiards in the 2002 Busn Games when he was 72.

 “I never think I’m old,” Chodchoy, President of the Asia Pacific Bridge Federation, said. “I have been with the younger teammates since they were in the juniors. We didn’t expect to come this far but after peparing for a long time, we understand each other better and have better teamwork.”

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 She also said that bridge should be promoted more among senior citizens in order to help them sharpen their brains.

 “Bridge helps elderly people to work on their brains, use concentration and strategise game plans,” she said. “I would like to invite elderly people to play bridge not only to keep their brains working but also to socialise.”