Swapna Barman won India’s fifth athletics gold in heptathlon at the ongoing Asian Games. She created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, a feat she achieved despite a toothache.
Swapna Barman clinched the yellow metal with a total of 6026 points in seven events. The heptathlon consists of seven events. It includes 100 m race, high jump, shot put, 200 m race, long jump, javelin throw and 800 m race.
She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events. And finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points). Her weakest events were 100 m (981 points, 5th position) and 200 m in which she finished seventh with 790 points.
India ‘s Purnima Hembram finished fourth in the event with 5837 points.
Before Swapna Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnataka’s JJ Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal for India from the Asian Games. Soma and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006). Wwhile Pramila had won a bronze at the Guangzhou edition.