Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta And Palembang: 21-year-old Swapna Barman created history by clinching gold at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the heptathlon. The Jalpaiguri-girl overcame odds to eventually clinch gold, her story is nothing short of inspiring. The humble girl from Jalpaiguri took to Twitter to thank fans after the win. Her Twitter post read, “Pain is the best motivator. Glad to have won a historic gold medal in Women’s Heptathlon in the
@asiangames2018 for my country. Thank you everyone for the endless love and support!”
Yes, she was battling pain throughout the seven events, yet she came out on top beating some of the best athletes in Asia. She also broke three personal bests during the course of the seven events, while going through pain.
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She is the daughter of a rickshaw-puller, but her father has been bedridden for the past couple of years, which made things difficult for Swapna. But she fought her way and never lost hope, given the situation she was in.
The Jalpaiguri-girl has six toes in both her feet, which makes it difficult for her to fit into her spikes. That is another problem she had to overcome in order to win gold.
She had amassed 5178 points in her debut Asiad appearance in Incheon four summer back, and last year, she had bagged the elusive gold at the Asian Athletics Championships.