Despite having a killing toothache, Swapna Barman won the gold medal in the Women’s Heptathlon at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia on Wednesday. She recorded a personal best of 50.63m in javelin throw. The Heptathlon is a mixed of seven events — 100m, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, Javelin Throw, Long Jump, and 800m.
#SwapnaBarman wins first ever GOLD MEDAL for #India in #Heptathlon at #AsianGames & she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points! And she did all this fighting great pain for last three days! Salute!
Congrats #TeamIndiaAthletics for 5th Gold in #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ukMN08HDEK
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018
This is the first ever gold medal for India in Heptathlon at Asiad and she is only the fifth woman to cross 6000 points!
. @Swapna_Barman96 – Queen of Heptathlon!
Heptathlon, deemed as THE toughest Athletic event, has been conquered by 🇮🇳. Standing ovation 2 Swapna Barman, who, in a majestic display, clinched a🥇. AN ILLUSTRIOUS MOMENT in India's sports history at #ASIANGAMES! #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/Ek3IeitaUL
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 29, 2018
Even though Swapna had her jaw bandaged during the event, she earned the gold with a good 800m finish but a fantastic javelin throw outing, winning India’s fifth athletics gold in heptathlon. She smashed the 6000 point-ceiling to win the gold medal.
ANOTHER GOLD🥇 FOR INDIA; SWAPNA BARMAN IS THE WINNER IN WOMEN'S HEPTATHLON WITH A WHOPPING 6026 POINTS
GOLD NO. 11 AT THE #ASIANGAMES2018 https://t.co/11dExy7zYR pic.twitter.com/Lz9hykzKvA
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) August 29, 2018
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The other Indian in the fray, Purnima Hembram, finished fourth. However, a poor rickshaw puller’s daughter, the 21-year-old Swapna has managed to keep her strength high for the two-day long event where she had maintained her position among the medal contenders.
The joy of winning:
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: Swapna Barman after winning gold in Women's Heptathlon at #AsianGames pic.twitter.com/Lp2MMUt9Q6
— ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2018
Fighting in the 800m summit event, Swapna finished with a timing of 2:21.13, earning 803 points, showcasing an excellent power to win the event.
In the first event on Tuesday morning, she had finished fifth with a total of 981 points in the 100m race. When the second event was over, she was already topping the chart, making the high jump which is her pet event. A painful toothache couldn’t stop her from bagging the gold as she cleared a distance of 1.82m in her first attempt with consummate ease to seal her lead. She had needed two attempts to clear 1.70m. But after that, she sailed through, clearing 1.73m, 1.76m, 1.79m and 1.82m in her first attempt.
Congratulations #ArpinderSingh and @Swapna_Barman96 ! What fantastic efforts and truly deserved Gold medals 🥇
Super proud! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳#AsianGames2018 #Heptathlon #TripleJump #SwapnaBarman pic.twitter.com/PKJHjAFmI7
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 29, 2018
After two events of the heptathlon, Barman was in the overall lead.
In the shot put event, improving her personal best, Swapna gained 12.69 points to and lead the chart overall. However, in the last event on Tuesday, she finished just outside 26.00 and dropped to second place in overall standings with 3481 aggregate points while Purnima Hembram was third with 3424 in the 200m race.
Meanwhile, the long jump on Wednesday was crucial for Swapna as she recorded 5.82m in first jump. The second attempt went with an impressive 6.05m timing with the overall lead going into the javelin throw, which she consolidated with an incredible first throw of 50.63m – a personal best.
Many congratulations @Swapna_Barman96 on your brilliant victory & die-hard bravery! #SwapnaBarman wins #Gold in Women’s #Heptathlon at #AsianGames2018
Making 🇮🇳 #IndiaProud pic.twitter.com/R7mOJsJIy6
— mainakde (@mainakde) August 29, 2018
Congratulations Swapna Barman For winning Gold in Heptathlon. Despite battling the excruciating Chin injury, the super beat all odds to come out as a Champion. Super proud!#SwapnaBarman #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/dWwgcVh2l3
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) August 29, 2018
India now stands at the ninth position in the medal tally, thanks to Swapna. Four more days are left for Asiad to end.
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