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. Many celebs congratulated the winner and one of the tweets shared by former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag left all of us teary-eyed. He shared a heartfelt video of Swapan Barman’s mother who was beyond overjoyed. The video captured the truly emotional sight of her mother.
Swapna’s father is a rickshaw puller who has been bed-ridden by a stroke since 2013. Her mother would work as a maid and also pluck leaves in tea gardens. She was born with six toes on each foot and couldn’t find the right shoes and ran for her country despite having a plastered face owing to a teeth injury. But she fought her way and never lost hope, given the situation she was in.
Virendra Sehwag captioned the video as, “Have become an even bigger admirer of Swapna Barman after coming to know of the struggles she had to go through. 6 toes in each leg, bandaged jaw, father a rickshaw puller and countless struggles. This is her mother watching her win the Gold on television, thanking the almighty.”
Watch the emotional video here:
Barman, who belongs to Rajbongshi tribe in North Bengal, logged 6026 points from the seven events competed for two days. En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in the shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).