Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta And Palembang: Heptathlon gold medal winner Swapna Barman’s story is arguably the most inspiring tale among medal winners. Not born with a silver spoon, she had to fight odds to finally clinch Asian Games glory. Her tale actually makes one believe that dreams do come true if it is teamed with hard work and self-belief. One of the most exhausting events in the Asian Games, heptathlon is an event where there are eight different disciplines and you are expected to fare well in all the events to accumulate the highest score on an average to win. She was consistent throughout all discipline, despite battling a severe jaw pain. Also Read - Ravindra Jadeja to Bajrang Punia, Deepak Malik to Swapna Barman: Full List of Nominees For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna, Dhyanchand, Dronacharya Award Declared
She finished with her personal best score of 6026 which included her personal best throw in Javelin. India’s previous best performance at the event was the second-place finish way back in 2002 and 2006 by Soma Dutta. Also Read - Asian Athletics Championships: Heptathlete Swapna Barman, 4x400m Mixed Relay Team Win Silver
Here are some lesser known facts about India’s superwoman.
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.
She also had to battle a severe toothache during the events.
“By winning this gold medal, I have achieved my dreams and fulfilled my coach’s hopes. I was injured but I practised a lot to fulfil the hopes of my loved ones,” said Swapna after her win.